Manufacturing & Maintenance Technology Program

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Manufacturing companies in our region are expanding and hiring skilled employees, both as new hires with new skills and to replace retiring workers.

Manufacturing is an excellent career choice, contrary to the belief that it is dirty, dangerous, and dying. With an annual average compensation of over $77,000, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), it is a well-kept secret. What is key is having the right skills!

South Suburban College has certificates and classes that help prepare you for a variety of jobs and a solid career in the vast field of manufacturing. These certificate programs are designed to build core competencies in manufacturing production and/or mechanical repair to prepare the student for internships and entry-level positions in manufacturing. All students must demonstrate a minimum math competency equivalent to Elementary Algebra (MTH 095) to register for required Manufacturing Math MFG 102. For each certificate, students are required to complete an internship that will be offered during the last 8 weeks of program completion.

Employment Opportunities

Jobs that are in Demand:

  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Quality Control
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Electrical, Lighting and Wiring
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing
  • Commercial Aircraft / Military Space System
  • Fabricated Metal Product

Manufacturing Companies in the Area that are in Need of New and Trained Employees:

  • Gelita
  • Ed Miniat
  • Carl Buddig
  • Calumet Carton
  • Land O Forest
  • Linz Meat
  • Kay Manufacturing
  • Universal Metal Hose


Manufacturing Basics Certificates

Manufacturing Basics Certificate (CPT)

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification prepares the student to understand the core technical competencies of higher skilled production in all areas of manufacturing. The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) awards the student with the nationally recognized full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification upon passing all four Production Modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness. The MSSC is an industry-led training assessment and certification system, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards.

Upon completion of this certificate, you will be prepared for entry level manufacturing positions with the opportunity for advancement in the field and continuing educational opportunities. You will be familiar with manufacturing terminology, be able to perform mathematical operations needed in a manufacturing environment, be computer literate and aware of the day-to-day expectations employers have for successful employees. You will have also had the opportunity to acquire industry-recognized credentials.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.
Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
MFG 101 Manufacturing Safety 3
MFG 102 Manufacturing Math 2
MFG 103 Quality and Measuring in Manufacturing 3
MFG 104 Production in Manufacturing 3
MFG 107 Manufacturing Maintenance 3
MFG 120 Manufacturing Internship (last 8 weeks) 2
Total Credit Hours 16


Maintenance Technology Certificates

South Suburban College offers certificate programs in Maintenance Technology. Maintenance technicians keep equipment running efficiently through a variety of duties to safely install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain production and facility equipment according to industry standards that you will learn in these courses. The Maintenance Technology I and Maintenance Technology II certificate programs are each 17 credit hour programs that provide foundational skills in technology, using manufacturing scenarios to enhance the learning process. Students will have instructors with manufacturing experience, classroom visits by professionals, site visits to regional companies, and an internship.
Manufacturing jobs demand a highly skilled workforce, and South Suburban College is responding to the demand, encouraging the retention, growth, and expansion of manufacturing companies in the region.

Maintenance Technology I Certificate (MFG.BASIC.MAINT)

OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
MIS 101 Computer Literacy Skills 3
MFG 102 Manufacturing Math 2
MFG 121 Industrial Safety 2
MFG 122 Industrial Blueprint Reading I 2
MFG 123 Mechanic Drives I 4
MFG 124 Electricity and Motors 4
Total Credit Hours 17

Maintenance Technology II Certificate (MFG.BASIC.MAINTII)

OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
WLD 130 General Welding 4
MFG 131 Equipment Maintenance 2
MFG 132 Industrial Hydraulics 3
MFG 133 Industrial Pneumatics 2
MFG 134 Programmable Controllers (PLC) 3
MFG 136 Maintenance Technology Internship 2 2
Total Credit Hours 17


Forklift Operator Training (Non-Credit)

SSC’s Business & Career Institute offers Forklift Operator Training.  Individuals who are seeking to enhance their skills with a short-term career certification and employers who need to ensure their workforce is safe and in compliant should check out this one-day training. SSC will provide completers with a Forklift Operator Certification Card in conjunction with the National Safety Council.

Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. This certification course covers the basic fork lift driving skills needed to obtain your Forklift Operator Certification.

For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 596-2000 ext. 5723.