Post-Secondary Options

MORE THAN HALF of high demand manufacturing jobs do not require a 4-year degree, but do require advanced hands-on training.

Learn more below about post-secondary education and training opportunities in our region.

Apprenticeships train individuals while they are also working for a company. Training includes on-the-job and classroom instruction.

In Pennsylvania, Apprenticeships are registered with the PA Department of Labor and Industry. For more information about registered apprenticeships, visit the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office website.

Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA Apprenticeship

Since 1976, the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA has provided regional manufacturers with a proven apprenticeship training program for individuals seeking metalworking educational opportunities with standards focused on world-class tooling and machining.

Short-term Training provides a quick training opportunity (ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months) for individuals looking to immerse themselves in industry’s technical skills and content.

New Century Careers

New Century Careers offers its tuition-free Manufacturing 2000 (M2K) program to qualified students interested in pursuing a career in machining.  The M2K program is also a PA registered Pre-Apprenticeship program.

Community Colleges provide opportunities for students to complete training or certificate programs and associate degrees.  Similar to a college or university, a community college also offers athletics, clubs, and student organizations.

Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center

Westmoreland County Community College’s Advanced Technology Center offers a wide range of industry-aligned programs and stackable credentials.  Notable offerings include their Engineering Technology and Robotics Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs.

Butler County Community College

Butler County Community College (BC3) offers credit and non-credit degrees, certificates, and classes in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  Notable offerings include their Measurement Science/Metrology Technology and Nanofabrication Technology Associate of Applied Science degree programs.

Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) offers credit and non-credit degrees, certificates, and classes in Math, Engineering, and Skilled Trades.  Notable offerings include their Mechatronics and Manufacturing Technology Associate of Science degree programs.

The greater Pittsburgh area is home to several colleges and universities offering manufacturing-related Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.

PennWest California – Mechatronics

PennWest California’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree program combines mechanical, electrical, and computing technology courses that prepares students for great opportunities in manufacturing.

Robert Morris University – School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

RMU offers the only Manufacturing Engineering degree program in our region.  Additionally, RMU offers biomedical, industrial, mechanical, and software engineering undergraduate programs.