Manufacturing Trades - Associate in Applied Science

This program has been discontinued or temporarily suspended. Currently enrolled students may complete their program of study, but new students will not be admitted.

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Faculty Contact
James Anderson: 313-845-6351,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-164K

Program Description


Provides the related trades instructional classes for registered Department of Labor and other industrial apprentices involved in the manufacturing technologies of transportation based manufacturing. Apprentices in these skilled trade classifications take courses defined by their employer or joint apprentice committee. They also must complete the on-the-job hours of work and skills certification to qualify for journey-person certification or the equivalent. Apprentice certificate educational programs are typically 38 credit hours or longer in duration. Apprentice or Journeymen students may also be eligible to apply credits earned in their trade's educational programs toward the 60 credit hours required for the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical functions specific to their trade.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the occupational health and safety requirements relative to the workplace in general and specific to their trade.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic industrial computer applications in the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of graphic design relative to the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the following essential knowledge and skills: troubleshooting, measurement, communication, use of hand tools, use of personal protective equipment, graphic interpretation, and problem solving.
Career Opportunities
  • Tool and Die Journeyman
  • Tool and Die Repairman
  • Tool and Die Group Leader
  • Tool and Die Group Supervision
  • Skilled Trade Supervision
  • Tool Engineer
  • Industrial Service Tool and Die Technician
  • Product Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Tool Designer

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

Designed for employer-sponsored industrial apprentices. Admission is restricted to those approved by TAE apprentice coordinator.

General Education

Category 7
Complete any additional 9 General Education credits.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
Course Name Credit Hours

Trade and Apprentice Education: Complete 38 credits from:

  • Development (TADV), Electrical (TAEL), Energy Technology (TAEN), Foundation (TAFD), Fluid Power (TAFP), Graphic Design (TAGD), Industrial Materials (TAIM), Mathematics (TAMA), Material Joining (TAMJ), Manufacturing (TAMN), Maintenance Technology (TAMT), Process Instrumentation (TAPI), Plumbing/Pipefitting (TAPP), Process Tech. Practices (TAPT), Sheet Metal (TASM)
Credit Hours: 38

Trade and Apprentice Education courses are:

  • Selected by the student, the employer and the TAE apprentice coordinator.
  • Those that apply to the die design and die repair skills areas, most beginning with the prefix TAGD.
Required Support Courses

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, courses to complete the requirements for this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Spring 2019 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.