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Manufacturing Associate Degree

If you're interested in playing a role in designing, testing, and manufacturing the latest tools and technology, our accredited online Manufacturing Associate Degree can help you prepare for a career as an engineering or production technician. Through flexible, online classes over four semesters, you'll build your industry knowledge and skills around your schedule, from home.

  • Can prepare students for entry-level jobs in manufacturing that require an associate degree such as industrial engineering technician or production technician.  
  • Classes cover essential trades and manufacturing knowledge from drafting with AutoCAD to computer numerical control (CNC) technology.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to read and interpret various types of technical drawings, including those used in engineering applications, including understanding the basics of computer-aided design (CAD).
  2. How to generate detailed parts drawings and assemblies, and how to apply AutoCAD software to the actual execution of the drawing process.
  3. How to understand computer numerical control (CNC) technology and programming, as well as the purpose of CNC machines.
  4. How to use geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) systems in the design and manufacture of detailed parts and assemblies. You’ll learn how to use and interpret GDT drawing symbols, and how to adjust manufacturing and inspection processes to meet the requirements of GDT specifications.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Manufacturing Degree Career Outcomes

Industrial Engineering Technician







Our online Manufacturing Associate Degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level manufacturing and industrial production careers that require an associate degree. You'll learn more about the manufacturing industry as a whole, as well as build the skills to take the next steps toward becoming an industrial engineering technician or production technician.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this program.  See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Manufacturing Degree Curriculum

  • 4 Semesters
  • 60 credits

Estimated completion time per semester:

  • Fast track = 5 months
  • Average time = 7 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In our online Manufacturing Degree classes, you'll learn the skills and build the industry knowledge to prepare for work as a production or engineering technician, designing, developing, testing, and producing parts or products. Your online coursework includes:

  • Introduction to Manufacturing
  • Drafting with AutoCAD®
  • Quality Control Systems
  • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Degree Success Stories

Graduates from Penn Foster's Manufacturing Associates Degree have gone on to start new careers in a growing industry. Learn more about our students' experiences at Penn Foster.
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Alysha S.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“The things you learn are actually things you do in the field. Everything applies.”

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Manufacturing Degree Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our Associate Degree in Manufacturing. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans and get started today!

Option 1: Pay semester in full

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book 
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Our Proven Manufacturing Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Manufacturing Degree FAQs

What jobs can you get with a manufacturing degree?

With a manufacturing degree, you can prepare for several job opportunities in the industry. Penn Foster's accredited Manufacturing Associate Degree can help prepare students for jobs like industrial engineering technician or technologist, production technician, engineering technician, or mapping technician. Your classes will cover in-depth training of industrial processes that can allow you to be a part of designing and manufacturing the latest, cutting-edge tools and technologies that people use every day.

What skills do you need for manufacturing?

Skills that can help you be successful in a manufacturing career include

  • Analytical skills
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Math skills
  • Observational skills

Throughout your four-semester degree in manufacturing, you'll work toward building and strengthening these skills, as well as learning in-depth industrial industry knowledge.

What is the average salary for someone working in manufacturing?

The average salary for someone working in manufacturing can vary based on job title, work experience, education, employer, and even the state in which you work. However, the national average salary for engineering technicians was $60,220 per year or $28.95 per hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

Can you earn your Associate Degree in Manufacturing 100% online?

Yes! With Penn Foster's Manufacturing Associate Degree, you can build the industry knowledge that will be vital to working in the field. And, with new interactive learning aids, including whiteboard animations, engaging videos, and other visual media including in your courses, you can build hands-on skills online. These visual aids support Penn Foster’s Learn-Practice-Apply instruction model and will help you recall crucial knowledge and skills once you're on the job.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed September 23, 2022.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.