Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Center for Business & Workforce Development

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What is AMP?

Advanced manufacturing technicians use innovative technologies to produce high-quality products and supplies for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, construction, agriculture, prepared food and medicine. Individuals who train for the technical skills needed in today’s manufacturing environment will find a diverse selection of career paths.

The Penn College Advanced Manufacturing Pre-apprenticeship (AMP) Program is designed to increase knowledge of manufacturing concepts and skills, and to expand the number of prospective employees choosing manufacturing-related career pathways.

The AMP Program teaches pre-apprentices both foundation theory and hands-on skills to prepare them with entry level skills for many manufacturing occupations, such as a CNC machinist, mechatronics maintenance worker, plastics process technician or team lead.

Course Offerings

Now enrolling high school graduates and young adults for a new AMP Program cohort starting January 26, 2024. Grant funds are available to underwrite tuition for public and private school students. For more information email

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

Self-paced computer learning modules

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

Industry-recognized MT1 Certification

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

Industry-provided project templates

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

5 On-campus lab and assessment days

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

1 Day project showcase and industry networking event

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Components

Earn Industry Certification

Pre-apprentices who successfully complete the AMP Program earn the Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) Certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a pre-apprenticeship certificate from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and a certificate of recognition from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The Advanced Manufacturing Pre-apprenticeship is aligned with four registered apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology:

  • Computer Numerical Control Operator
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Plastics Process Technician