Manufacturing Trades

Program Info

Year Established
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-112
Faculty Contact
Joseph Skupin: ,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172

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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical functions specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the occupational health and safety requirements relative to the workplace in general and specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic industrial computer applications in the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the application of graphic design relative to the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  • 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
9 credit hours.
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Program Requirements


Apprentice certificate program courses total a minimum of 38 credit hours and are determined by the employer and college requirements.

  • Coursework is selected by the student, the employer and the TAE apprentice coordinator.
  • Courses in this program are those that apply to the die design and die repair skills areas, most beginning with the prefix TAGD.

Minimum Credit Hours: 38

Required Support Courses

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

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours