South Central College’s manufacturing program

Located in two different locations, Faribault and North Mankato, Minnesota, South Central College offers a variety of manufacturing degrees to help students receive hands-on experience to pursue a manufacturing career.

Computer Integrated Machining

Through the classroom and hands-on labs, students learn about the different machines, design methodology, manufacturing processes and safety to prepare them to work in machining. Skills taught include operating industry software, computer machining, producing quality parts, and how to evaluate quality.

Two different degrees are offered:

  • A 72 credit Computer Integrated Machining A.A.S. Degree
  • A 66 credit Computer Integrated Machining Diploma

Energy Technical Specialist
Students learn the skills and knowledge needed to work in both the traditional and renewable energy fields. This includes preparing students to work in specialty areas, including windsmith, solar power, and more. Students take 60 credits to earn an A.A.S. degree.

Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Students learn how electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and computer control systems work together in the field of mechatronics. Students will work individually and in small teams to learn how to maintain mechatronics systems, build systems to meet print specifications, and complete a nationally recognized assessment.
Three different degrees are offered:

  • A 60 credit Mechatronics Engineering Technology A.A.S. Degree
  • A 39 credit Intermediate Mechatronics Engineering Technology Diploma
  • A 19 credit Mechatronics Industrial Maintenance Certificate

Welding Certificate
In their welding program, students gain entry-level skills to enter the workforce. Technical skills are taught, including print reading, shield metal arc welding (SMAW), and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Students take 16 credits to earn a certificate.