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Jefferson College works with individuals interested in the field of manufacturing as well as manufacturing companies,  focused on developing a stronger and more productive workforce with a variety of customized training solutions.

For more information on customized training solutions for your business you can go to the Workforce Solutions - Customized Training page.

Manufacturing Day Video 
(Benefits in Choosing a Career in Manufacturing)

Watch inspiring EDGE Factor Videos that show how a career in manufacturing can have a great impact

Manufacturing Technician Certificate Program (NEW)

The Manufacturing Technician Certificate Program will prepare individuals for employment as entry-level Machine Operators or Production Technicians.This program was developed based on industry standards and employer input! This six-week certification program is comprised of approximately 72 total hours of instruction, which will meet three days per week, with a total of 12 contact hours each week. 

Instruction will include education on adequately operating manual or CNC equipment, and maintaining quality parts with respect to utilizing safe machining methods. Detailed information is available by downloading the Manufacturing Technician Training course outline.

Additionally, you may view the Manufacturing Technician brochure.  

Manufacturing Technician Application Checklist
to be completed prior to registration

NOTE: Funding for the program is available through the Arnold Career Center for eligible participants who qualify as part of the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. Please review Application Checklist for more information.

* Graduates of the program will be set up with an interview for a job with a local employer

Manufacturing Sponsors


**9 Hours of College Credit can be awarded for program completion. Download the following document for more information: 
Manufacturing Technician Prior Learning Credits.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Classes form all through the year. Call for details. Applications are taken all through the year.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Call for Details

FEE: $3150

LOCATION:  Jefferson College -  Hillsboro
Technology Center Bldg. Rm 104/105/106
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Classroom



NOTE: There are Prerequisites for admission to this
program! Students MUST have successfully completed an OSHA-10 course, AND must have taken the WorkKeys NCRC Exams. (This can be set up through the Missouri Career Center.) A current resume is also required.


*** Additional dates and times including evenings and weekends are available. Program can be customized to specific training needs of companies and individuals. Please call (636) 481-3168 for more information. 

Meet Your Instructor: Mike McKinney

Mr. Mike McKinney is a Jefferson College  Alumni.  He graduated in 1983 with honors, earning a  Vocational Certificate in  Machine Tool Technology. After  graduating, he went  straight to the  machining  industry where he spent 30  years gaining extensive  knowledge of the manufacturing world, while also returning to Jefferson College to earn his Associate’s degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Mike has also obtained numerous Machine-specific training’s over the years that lead him on the path to management of machining companies. This background experience allowed Mike to return to Jefferson College in 2008 as an Associate Professor with a vast amount of experience to lead the C.I.M. program. He is currently working to achieve Certification in Christian Ministry. After 10 years of teaching, Mike is back in his own manufacturing facility MDM Machine & Technology. Mike is now partnering through his company MDM Machine & Technology with Jefferson College in a community outreach effort to provide a Manufacturing Technician Certificate. The program will fast-track individuals toward employment as entry-level Machine Operators or Production Technicians.

Lean Sigma Overview

Lean Six Sigma business strategies combine the use of Lean Enterprise tools and the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) problem solving process to eliminate waste and resolve problems that were previously considered unsolvable. The primary benefit of this overview is to provide a clear understanding of both Lean and Six Sigma disciplines in order to provide clarity in their similarities and differences.

This is a four hour instructor led interactive workshop designed for business owners, managers, and decision makers.

Day/Date/Time: TBA,
8:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Sessions: 1
Instructor: The QL Group
Location: JCA 325
Fee: $295

Day/Date/Time: TBA,
8:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Sessions: 1
Instructor: The QL Group
Location: JCA 325
Fee: $295

Six Sigma Green Belt

The Six Sigma Green Belt training program blends classroom instruction and exercises with real life project mentoring and problem solving. During the training, each participant will be assigned to a Six Sigma project team to solve a problem within their organization. Problem solving exercises, project mentoring, and presentation of project finding follow each day's instruction.

Training attendees typically come from operations, quality and engineering staff functions. Whatever the student's background, the Green Belt training is based on the building blocks to bring the novice and journeyman to a similar level of effectiveness as a Six Sigma practitioner. The training is also designed to prepare the participants to pass the ASQ CSSGB exam.

Day/Date/Time: TBA,
Sessions: 10
Instructor: The QL Group
Location: JCA 325
Fee: $2995

Meet Your Instructor: Steve Andriano

Steve has twenty years experience in the deployment of Lean and Six Sigma improvement efforts in a wide variety of industries and locations. He has amassed the following credentials that serve as the basis for his problem solving methods and group's basic philosophy in attaining Business Excellence. He has served as a 3rd party project manager for LeanSigma services since 1998. Previous projects have attained significant improvements in key processes in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and service industries.

Prior to 1998, Steve held several roles as an engineer and manager for the Frigidaire Company, Donaldson, Inc, and Nordyne, Inc.

SME Certified Lean Practitioner - Silver Level
SME Certified Lean Practitioner - Bronze Level
ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE)
APICS Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM)
BS Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri


Meet Your Instructor: Phil Schiefer

Phil has sixteen years’ experience in Design, Manufacturing, Lean, and Quality Engineering. During his career he has led many teams and implemented a wide variety of lean and quality driven projects. Along the way he also delivered in-depth training for hundreds of employees regarding safety, leadership, communications, and problem solving.

Prior to his career in manufacturing, Phil served honorably as an Air Force Transportation and Logistics Officer. After his military service, he served in multiple engineering roles with US companies INDEECO and ABB.

We offer numerous online certification courses that may just give you that needed edge to secure that better job or position. We have several Online Partners who offer excellent programs, sure to catch your interest. Here are some of our online offerings:

Ed2GO Online Career Cert Prep


ProTrain Online Certification Prep

AMA Flexstudy - Online

ToolingU Online Courses:

Note: Many additional courses are available through this online provider! Please contact the Continuing Education Office for details at:(636) 481-3144.

Manufacturing Technician Program Information

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