Manufacturing Engineering Program Prepares Graduates

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing 

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - With the variety of certificate and degree options offered through Central Arizona College's manufacturing program, students can choose the training to best meet their educational goals and needs, including online training. Certificates offered include; Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), Labview Programming, and Manufacturing Electronics. Two associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degrees are also offered: Manufacturing Engineering and Nanofabrication Technology.

Within the 18 credit FPGA certificate, students receive training on FPGA fundamentals, embedded fundamentals and MircoBlaze processor applications, while the 16 credit LabVIEW Certificate provides the basis for entry level careers in LabView programming. Once a student completes the LabVIEW certificate and the certification test through National Instruments, they are employable.

The Manufacturing Electronics Certificate (32 credits) provides the basis for an entry-level career as a technician in electronics, manufacturing and service-maintenance. This certificate can also be utilized by those currently employed to upgrade their skills.

The Manufacturing Engineering A.A.S. Degree was developed in cooperation with local automated manufacturing industries. Throughout their program of study, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for employment as an entry-level technician in electronics, maintenance, and other related manufacturing fields. They may choose to specialize in automated manufacturing, semiconductor, or both, providing them with experience in programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Similar to the manufacturing certificate option, those presently employed in the industry can enroll in the AAS degree to upgrade their skills.

The Nanofabrication Technology Degree program offers students the opportunity to enter the exciting world of

Nanotechnology and opens the doors to potential careers in the fields of bio-technology, biopharmaceuticals, material science labs, and chemical or electronic technology among others.

Professor Pete Lomeli explains, "In place of a textbook, students purchase their own industry standard lab equipment, they build their own trainers and then use these throughout their courses." He added, "The key topics we cover include PLCs, DeviceNet, Frequency Drives, HART Communicator and Control Logix. Students are prepared for any automation industry job."

The manufacturing program currently partners with several industries including Daisy, Frito Lay, Abbott and Hexal to ensure the current methodologies and processes are being taught. As new industry arrives in Pinal County, the college's partnerships are bound to expand.

To learn more about CAC's manufacturing program, speak with an academic advisor at one of the five campus locations, online at or by phone, (520) 494-5444. Professor Lomeli can be contacted directly by calling (520) 494-5317.


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