Looking for a high-demand career? Make it in manufacturing.

AIM students learn many facets of industrial safety, including fire extinguisher training from state-sanctioned experts.

AIM students learn many facets of industrial safety, including fire extinguisher training from state-sanctioned experts.

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.                                                                         - Thomas Jefferson    

Learning Environment
Time will be spent in the classroom and AIM lab at MMCC’s Technical Center. Students should have good oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work well with others. Students will spend their first semester focused on manufacturing safety and an introduction to the manufacturing field. Students will use Moodle as a learning management tool to access lecture materials while working hands-on in a laboratory setting.

You’ll need to be self-motivated and prepared for college-level coursework.

What's It Like?

Instructor Richard Greenleaf says:
“The AIM program is designed to give students the education and exposure to the fundamentals of manufacturing so they can make an informed decision about what studies and career path will work best for them. This will help achieve the best outcomes for students, their parents and the businesses that will eventually hire them. By filling the gaps between high school and college with meaningful units of study, we can give them the tools necessary to make the right choices moving forward in their careers.”

Advanced Manufacturing

This pre-engineering trade and technical program was developed to give students a breadth of knowledge in manufacturing, engineering and engineering technologies. Students have opportunities to design, create and test various products and materials. Due to advancements in industry, it is important that students possess a global understanding of the design for manufacturing processes, including industrial safety, work-flow and product

Course Overview

When it comes to hands-on learning, it doesn’t get much more interactive than manufacturing. An ever-evolving industry that is constantly seeking a qualified, experienced new workforce, manufacturing is at the core of the global economy, and jobs abound in a wide variety of industry sectors. If you like building and working with machinery, this is a path you should strongly consider.


The Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) program is designed to prepare students for careers in the manufacturing industry. In this program, students will have an opportunity to take a series of courses that focus on materials, design and safety, as well as develop leadership skills for work in the field. Manufacturers today are looking for employees who have technical skills in a variety of areas, possess workplace and teamwork skills and have the ability to incorporate and utilize new technologies as they are developed. AIM will help prepare students to join the next generation of manufacturers.


It is if you... with accuracy to create and design things
...can accept responsibility
...can work under stress
...are detail oriented
...can communicate in a friendly way
...can perform a variety of duties
...have good reading skills
...enjoy math and science
...enjoy working with your hands
...are good at problem solving

Potential Careers

Participation in AIM and further training can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

  • Technical Support Analyst
  • Assembler
  • CNC Operator
  • Equipment Operator
  • Machinist

Length of Program:

  • Two years if planning to earn a CTE Certificate of Completion
  • AIM Credential (Math 170 required in addition to two years in CTE classes)
  • Three years if planning to earn an AIM Certificate; designed for students participating in an Early/Middle College program

Primary Units of Instruction:

  • Introduction to Advanced Integrated Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Production Processes
  • Manufacturing Materials
  • Manufacturing Power & Equipment Systems
  • Manufacturing Equipment Maintenance & Operation
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Enterprise
  • Industrial Safety

Program Schedule:
A.M. Session - 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
P.M. Session - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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College Partnerships & High School Credit

  • Successful students will earn dual enrollment college and high school credit through MMCC

Students who successfully complete coursework in the AIM program can earn college credit toward a credential, certificate or degree from MMCC. The AIM program pathway is designed so that students can ladder their education and begin earning credit toward an AIM credential while a junior in high school.

Who’s Up For a Second Helping?
Students interested in returning for the program’s second year must:

  • Have 10 or fewer unexcused absences per year
  • Have zero classroom discipline referrals
  • Maintain a 2.0 or above grade point average
  • Be an effective and collaborative team member
  • Be self-directed and have a personal desire to pursue a career in manufacturing

College Credit, High School Credit and CTE Certification
Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Students may also earn Algebra 2 credit at their local high school based on successful completion and prior approval by their local high school principal/counselor. Local high schools will award credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs. In addition, students can earn college credits upon successful completion of their courses, ultimately leading toward a credential, certificate or degree.