Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Advanced Manufacturing: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits

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Program Description
The Advanced Manufacturing AAS degree provides students with a clear pathway from secondary education to full-time employment with career advancement through a three-year apprenticeship. The program engages students in their junior year of high school to begin progression toward a completed apprenticeship in mechanical or electrical production. Additional specialty tracks will be available to students and industry partners in the future, while the core content in advanced manufacturing remains the foundation of the degree. Within either track, students develop the skills and knowledge to progress through their apprenticeship to become a fully trained technician with real-world experience. Students learn the fundamentals of manufacturing and professional development with hands-on technical skills that typically come from experience working on the production floor. Students have the option of choosing either a three-year apprenticeship with a certified host company or developing an equivalent series of capstone projects with an industry partner.

Career Opportunities
Students who complete the three-year apprenticeship may be offered a full-time position by their host company or seek employment in virtually any sector of advanced manufacturing. Students will enter the workforce at intermediate and professional levels due to real-world experience gained through the program.

Current advanced manufacturing partners estimate an ever-increasing need for experienced, skilled individuals in their respective advanced manufacturing sectors. Industry estimates a new workforce need of 600+ individuals over the next year alone.

In 2013, the State of Utah was one of only seven states where more than 10% of the workforce was employed in advanced manufacturing. Salt Lake City Metro ranked in the top 15 large metro areas with the highest percentage of advanced manufacturing employment. Not only did advanced manufacturing account for over 11% of all jobs in the state, but the advanced manufacturing industries also accounted for more than 16% of the total output for the state, exceeding $11 billion. (

In 2018, manufacturers in Utah accounted for 10.82% of the total output in the state, employing 8.77% of the workforce. The total output from manufacturing was $19.19 billion in 2018. In addition, an average of 133,000 worked for manufacturing companies in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $68,974.36 in 2017.

In 2018, the top 10 major manufacturing sectors for Job Growth in Utah included advanced manufacturing and medical equipment (#1) and aerospace manufacturing (#2). (

The previous information supports the overall trend in manufacturing in Utah, where jobs grew by an average of 25 Thousand each month from 2009-2019 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Governor Herbert’s declaration of Utah Advanced Manufacturing Week Nov 4-8, 2019.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: 

Mechanical Track: $450.00
Electrical Track: $150.00
Note:  Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations. 


Program General Education Notes


Communication(CM): COMM 1010
Human Relations(HR): CTEL 1010
Physical Science(PS): PHYS 1010


Composition(EN): ENGL 1010
Quantitative Studies(QS): MATH 1010

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Estimated Time to Completion is 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

Both Tracks

  • Collaborate with the program manager and host company to establish a set of objectives for an apprenticeship or capstone project that applies the knowledge and skills acquired through the program. [2,4,6,7]
  • Demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. [1,2,3,4,7]
  • Apply the principles of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing principles. [1,7]
  • Identify, select, and use the appropriate tools for a given task. [1,4,7]
  • Use effective strategies for public speaking and team management in a manufacturing environment. [1,4,7]
  • Discuss the structure of a manufacturing organization. [1,7]
  • Calculate statistical data as it pertains to manufacturing metrics. [1,3,4]

Mechanical Track

  • Analyze mechanical assemblies to select appropriate fasteners. [1,4,6]
  • Use common carpentry and fabrication hardware and tools in a manufacturing environment. [1,4,7]
  • Install and troubleshoot fluid power systems. [1,3,4,7]
  • Describe, select, and use common woodworking and composites hardware. [1,4]
  • Use precision alignment and leveling tools to install panels and other moving assemblies. [1,4]

Electrical Track

  • Troubleshoot and repair AC/DC and motor control circuits. [1,3,4,7]
  • Use common industry practices to install electrical connections and assemblies. [1,3,4,7]
  • Install and troubleshoot power distribution systems. [1,3,4,7]
  • Use the root-cause analysis for troubleshooting electrical systems. [1,3,4,7]