Back to School Time: The Top Certifications for Manufacturing Professionals

Want a higher paying job in manufacturing?

Looking for ways to make yourself a more marketable candidate?

Just love learning and growing your job skills?

Obtaining a specialized manufacturing certification is a great way to achieve any of these goals. In manufacturing, as with most industries, certification can help you earn more money and ensure your long-term career prospects. The reason is simple: in an employer’s eyes, a certification demonstrates your professional commitment, provides proof of your knowledge and skills competencies and distinguishes you from the competition.

If you’re in manufacturing, what certifications should you consider?

The certifications you pursue depend greatly on your career track. Here are some certifications for a wide range of manufacturing careers:

Quality Engineer Certification

As its name implies, this certificate provides evidence of your ability to develop and operate quality control systems, apply and analyze testing and inspection procedures, and use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices, among other things.

CNC Lathe Certifications

Pursuing a career in machining? Certification in CNC Lathe Operations demonstrates your competency in applied mathematics, cutting tool assembly, inspection, machine maintenance and safety, measurements and more.

Once you obtain a level 1 certification, a CNC Lathe II certification may help qualify you for higher level machining roles. The CNC Lathe II certifies competency in job planning and management, quality control and inspection, industrial safety and environment protection and other safety and management functions.

Production Technician Certification

Successfully completing a Certified Production Technician (CPT) program proves your mastery of manufacturing production in five core areas: safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, maintenance awareness and green production.

Press Brake Certifications

A Precision Press Brake Certificate Course takes just a few days to complete and teaches you the theory and math fundamentals needed to understand basic press brake operation, sheet metal bending, proper tool selection and more. Once you obtain a basic certification, Level II and Level III certifications in either CNC or Non-CNC Drive machines can help you advance to higher-paying journey-level and master level roles.

How can you determine which manufacturing certifications are right for you?

  • Do some research to find out what credentials, certifications and training are most valuable in your area of specialization. Within skilled trades, each trade is governed by a certifying body, and industry-independent certificates can also be valuable for certain manufacturing roles. Sites like NIMS and The Manufacturing Institute can help you understand your options.
  • Ask your employer (or potential employer) which certifications would benefit your career development the most.
  • Make sure the organization that offers the training/certification is reputable.
  • Weigh the costs against the potential benefits.

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