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Certified Production Technician (CPT)



Your new future and bright career can begin now!  Flexibility is built in.  Earn portable, stackable certificates which build upon each other and can lead to an associate or bachelor's degree.  Then, go to work, pursue additional certificates, or continue working on a degree with our Certified Production Technician program.

Classes starting September 2 - December 11, 2014

Economic and demographic trends have produced a shortage of skilled technicians in computer-controlled systems, welders, production workers and supervisors, threatening the development of new products, quality improvement processes, and a sustained manufacturing sector in Illinois. 

Cutting edge manufacturing and industry-related technology training is available at LLCC’s Workforce Careers Center.  Earn a certificate in:

  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Maintenance Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding

Certified Production Technician (CPT)

Designed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), and industry-led, nationally recognized, training, assessment and certification organization, this program focuses on the core technical competencies needed by incumbent and entry-level production workers in industrial, manufacturing, and other technically intensive fields. 

The CPT program consists of four individual certificate modules.

Earn one or more individual certificate, or complete all four and receive the CPT certification.

1. Introduction to Manufacturing and Safety
provides an introduction to the manufacturing world    and facilitates safe work practices in industrial environments and manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining, and welding.  Topics include fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage.  Students will also earn an OSHA 10 hour certification in General Industry upon completion of this course.

2. Quality and Measurement provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting while exploring ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality.  Topics include basic measurement, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, quality management systems, process improvement methods, preventive and corrective actions, and quality audits.

3. Manufacturing processes provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products.  Students will learn about the varying types of production, material, and processes used in manufacturing.  Topics include production materials, casting, molding, and forming, machining, conditioning, finishing, and assembly, and production planning and work flow. 

4. Introduction to Manufacturing Maintenance provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventative maintenance.  Topics include routine, preventive, and predictive maintenance, tool related safety, computers in manufacturing, ergonomics, and equipment procedures.

Maintenance and Mechatronics Fundamentals

Focuses on foundational understanding and effective utilization of safety regulations in general industry with emphasis on lock-out-tag-out and workplace systems operations.  Topics include workplace systems operations.  Topics include basic blueprint interpretation, including electrical wiring diagrams and symbols, how electricity is produced and the physics behind it such as voltage, amperage, resistance, and power.  It also covers mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power and industry safety practices for working with each, and the systematic approach to troubleshooting utilizing blueprints, schematics, documentation, and logical thinking.  Upon completion, students can choose to continue on one of two paths:  Maintenance Technology or Mechatronics.


Mechatronics is an integrated skill set which includes intermediate and advanced industrial electricity, fluid power, mechanical, control, and computer knowledge and application.  Training includes programmable lock controllers (PLC’s), automation and robotics.


Welding training includes safety, welding blueprint reading, and options from basic welding fabrication to shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding (TIG), gas metal arc welding (MIG), flux core arc welding (FCAW), oxy fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, and various other welding processes.  Earn an LLCC certificate and/or certification to AWS standards.

For more information, please contact John Mitchell at 217-786-2405

or by email

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