What is manufacturing?

Manufacturing is the process by which goods are produced for sale.

What should I look for in an online manufacturing school?

The best online manufacturing schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, you can often recognize top online manufacturing schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online manufacturing school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online manufacturing programs are available?

The following levels of manufacturing degree online programs are available:

  • Online Manufacturing Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Manufacturing
  • Online Bachelor in Manufacturing
  • Online Masters in Manufacturing
  • Online PhD in Manufacturing

How long does it take to get an online manufacturing degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online manufacturing degree depends on the level of manufacturing degree being pursued and the pace of the student. Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Manufacturing Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Manufacturing Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Manufacturing Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Manufacturing Masters - 2 years
  • Online Manufacturing PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online manufacturing courses?

Some of the career-oriented courses available in an accredited online manufacturing degree program include:

  • Manufacturing Processes
    This introductory course describes the steps common to most large-scale manufacturing operations, and details the equipment and procedures involved.
  • Quality Control
    In this course, students will learn about the factors and signs of quality in finished products, the kinds of tools used to both determine and improve quality, and how quality translates to value.
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control
    This course treats manufacturing management from the concept stage to funding, oversight, and meeting set deadlines.
  • Applied Robotics
    This popular course focuses on programmed and manually operated machines and how to use them for optimal functionality.
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing
    This course covers the modern computer systems that are used in manufacturing, including 3-D design templates, information systems, and robotics programming and analysis.

What areas of manufacturing specialization are available?

Though many schools treat manufacturing as a specialization within business, top online manufacturing programs include categorical specializations based on some of the following goods produced:

  • Chemical
  • Electronic
  • Food and Beverage
  • Jewelry
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
Additionally, specializations exist based on the parts of the production process:
  • Casting
  • Management
  • New Product Design
  • Order-Writing
  • Programming
  • Transportation
  • Quality Control

What can I do with a manufacturing degree?

The best online degrees in manufacturing provide skills that apply to several production occupations. Students earning degrees from accredited online manufacturing programs might consider some of the following jobs:

  • First-line Supervisor
  • Aircraft Structure Assembler
  • Electrical Equipment Assembler
  • Engine and Machine Assembler
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
  • Machine Programmer
  • Machine Operator
  • Drilling
  • Cutting
  • Molding
  • Casting
  • Pressing
  • Welding
  • Bookbinder
  • Sewing Machine Operator
Supervisors, managers, and designers often require additional schooling.

What is a manufacturer?

A manufacturer is a worker who participates in the process of making raw materials into goods.

What does a manufacturer do?

Most manufacturing jobs involve machines and the operation thereof. Manufacturers' duties range from operating a drill to overseeing an assembly line, but all jobs have to do with producing a product for eventual sale, so all workers contribute towards quality that will satisfy the consumer.

How much does a manufacturer earn?

Earnings in manufacturing vary considerably depending upon position and seniority, but most manufacturers earn hourly wages while manufacturing managers often are salaried. Employment is expected to decline roughly 8% for the whole industry over the next ten years due to increasing automation and outsourcing.

How do I become a manufacturer?

Students interested in how to become a manufacturer should consider that while many manufacturing labor jobs require no previous experience or qualification, competition is on the rise and professional education will give candidates an advantage. Completing an online degree program in manufacturing can provide graduates with applicable expertise which can better qualify them for entry-level manufacturing positions.

Manufacturing Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
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Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, TX, 77266
http://www.hccs.edu
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Texas A & M University
112 M T Harrington Ctr
College Station, TX, 77843
http://www.tamu.edu
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Lone Star College System
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX, 77381
http://www.lonestar.edu
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.washington.edu
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Tarrant County College District
1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX, 76102
http://www.tccd.edu
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
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University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
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Riverside Community College
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506
http://www.rcc.edu/
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Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
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California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA, 90840
http://www.csulb.edu
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California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Los Angeles, CA, 91330
http://www.csun.edu
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University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX, 76203
http://www.unt.edu
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Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT, 84123
http://www.slcc.edu
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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
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Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
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North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27695
http://www.ncsu.edu
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City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94112
http://www.ccsf.edu
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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
http://www.sdsu.edu
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Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45221
http://www.uc.edu
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Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92706
http://www.sac.edu
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Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX, 78666
http://www.txstate.edu
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
http://www.uwm.edu
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Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97219
http://www.pcc.edu
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Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX, 79409
http://www.ttu.edu
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Mt San Antonio College
1100 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA, 91789
http://www.mtsac.edu
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St Petersburg College
14025 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760
http://www.spcollege.edu
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The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78249
http://www.utsa.edu/
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El Paso Community College
919 Hunter Drive
El Paso, TX, 79915
http://www.epcc.edu
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Oakland Community College
2480 Opdyke Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304
http://www.oaklandcc.edu
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Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.cnm.edu
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Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA, 90808
http://www.lbcc.edu
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East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville, NC, 27858
http://www.ecu.edu
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
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Central Michigan University
1200 S Franklin St # 121
Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859
http://www.cmich.edu
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University of New Mexico-Main Campus
1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.unm.edu
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El Camino Community College District
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA, 90506
http://www.elcamino.edu
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College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137
http://www.cod.edu
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Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL, 33606
http://www.hccfl.edu
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Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA, 91106
http://www.pasadena.edu
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University of Kentucky
175 Funkhouser Dr
Lexington, KY, 40506
http://www.uky.edu
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Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ, 85202
http://www.mc.maricopa.edu
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University of Akron Main Campus
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH, 44325
http://www.uakron.edu
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Fresno City College
1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA, 93741
http://www.fresnocitycollege.edu
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De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA, 95014
http://www.deanza.edu/
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Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008
http://www.wmich.edu
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Macomb Community College
14500 E Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, MI, 48088
http://www.macomb.edu
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE, 68588
http://www.unl.edu/
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Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA, 92692
http://www.saddleback.edu
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Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT, 84408
http://www.weber.edu
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Eastern Michigan University
1000 College Pl
Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
http://www.emich.edu
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Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, OH, 43551
http://www.owens.edu
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Fullerton College
321 E Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA, 92832
http://www.fullcoll.edu
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California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, CA, 91768
http://www.csupomona.edu
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Oregon State University
1500 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR, 97331
http://oregonstate.edu
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Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 91371
http://www.piercecollege.edu
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Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA, 90650
http://WWW.CERRITOS.EDU
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College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA, 91355
http://www.canyons.edu
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Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH, 45402
http://www.sinclair.edu
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University of Memphis
3675 Alumni Ave
Memphis, TN, 38152
http://www.memphis.edu
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The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX, 79968
http://www.utep.edu
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Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY, 42101
http://www.wku.edu
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Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA, 95677
http://www.sierracollege.edu
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Community College of Allegheny County
800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA, 15233
http://www.ccac.edu
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
900 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL, 62901
http://www.siuc.edu
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San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA, 95207
http://www.deltacollege.edu
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Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 W State St
Milwaukee, WI, 53233
http://matc.edu
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Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 91401
http://www.lavc.edu
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Northwestern University
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL, 60208
http://www.northwestern.edu
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Syracuse University
100 University Pl
Syracuse, NY, 13244
http://syr.edu/
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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93407
http://www.calpoly.edu
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Modesto Junior College
435 College Ave
Modesto, CA, 95350
http://mjc.edu
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Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA, 93305
http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/
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The University of Texas-Pan American
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX, 78539
http://www.utpa.edu
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Saint Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave. South
St. Cloud, MN, 56301
http://www.stcloudstate.edu
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College of Lake County
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL, 60030
http://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU
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San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.sdcity.edu/
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Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, RI, 2886
http://www.ccri.edu
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Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI, 48128
http://www.hfcc.edu
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Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
http://www.DaytonaState.edu
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The University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX, 78520
http://WWW.UTB.EDU
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Miami University-Oxford
500 High St
Oxford, OH, 45056
http://www.muohio.edu
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Glendale Community College
1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA, 91208
http://www.glendale.edu
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Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd
Paramus, NJ, 7652
http://www.bergen.edu
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Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY, 40475
http://www.eku.edu
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Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA, 95003
http://www.cabrillo.edu
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Harper College
1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL, 60067
http://www.harpercollege.edu
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Triton College
2000 5th Ave
River Grove, IL, 60171
http://www.triton.edu
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CUNY Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Ave
New York, NY, 11364
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu
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Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY, 14623
http://www.rit.edu/
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Reedley College
995 N Reed Ave
Reedley, CA, 93654
http://www.reedleycollege.edu
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Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA, 94545
http://www.chabotcollege.edu
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Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL, 60431
http://www.jjc.edu
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Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC, 27603
http://www.waketech.edu/
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Kean University
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ, 7083
http://www.kean.edu
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Minnesota State University-Mankato
South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN, 56001
http://www.mnsu.edu
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San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA, 92410
http://www.valleycollege.edu
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Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS, 67260
http://www.wichita.edu
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