Become a certified manufacturing technician (MT1). This certification qualifies you to operate precision machinery, systems, and processes in a manufacturing facility. Typical skills needed in these positions include: precision measurement, process and machine trouble-shooting, problem solving, machine maintenance, and proficient use of diagnostic and statistical tools. These positions generally describe someone who has enough broad-based knowledge about a multi-step process to successfully troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of typical machine operators. Common job titles are Operator, Production Operator, Production Technician, Technician, and Production Manufacturing Specialist.
The Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry. The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing. The core competency areas certified are: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and (3) Quality and Business Acumen.
The purpose of the MT1 certification program is to document individuals’ mastery of the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations. The goals of the MT1 certification program are to:
• Develop a workforce pipeline capable of meeting the requirements of existing and emerging employers in advanced technology industries such as manufacturing,
• Provide a customized fast track pathway to stackable credentials for 21st Century advanced technology careers in industry,
• Provide online and instructor-led training to address identified technical skill gaps, and
• Provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent workers.