Trade & Industry Department | Manufacturing Technology
Trade & Industry Department

Manufacturing Technology

Contact Person: James Kellis
Office Location: ATIC 124
Direct Phone: 208-732-6379

Occupation Description

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Include precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

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Program Information

The goal of the College of Southern Idaho's Manufacturing Technology Program is to prepare students for a successful career in the rapidly expanding field of machining fabrication.

It is a broad approach to training technicians with a variety of skills that will include machining and CNC, along with fabrication, plastics, electronics, and a CAD-CAM. The first year of the program (TC) will focus on machining, but the second year (AAS) will introduce advanced topics and automation (programmable logic controllers and robotics). Related non-credit short term training will be designed to coincide with this program and industry needs.

The curriculum is designed to meet the current needs of business and industry. Faculty are selected on the basis of successful work experience as well as teaching excellence. Instruction takes place in small classes to encourage students' full participation.

Working Students

  • All classes are designed to accommodate working students
  • Classes will never start earlier than 4 pm, nor finish later than 8 pm, Monday thru Thursday
  • You can attend as a full-time or part-time Student
  • If you passed 9th grade math and can check your email, you have the skills you need.
  • Entry into the program is optional in both Spring and Fall Semesters

Getting Started

  1. Apply to CSI
  2. Take CSI Placement Exam at the test center on the 2nd floor of the CSI Library
  3. Take CSI Placement Exam scores to program advisor for interpretation, personal interview, and program acceptance (also to determine what prerequisites are needed)
  4. (Optional) Apply for financial aid @
  5. Register for the classes you need on the CSI online registration website
  6. Pay first semester’s tuition and fees to secure a slot

WIRED Assistance

The manufacturing program was started using the Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant and has been provided participant support funding.  This funding has been reserved for direct reimbursement of payments for:

  • Books
  • Classes
  • Tests
  • Tools
  • Safety-wear
  • Transportation costs
  • Childcare
  • Membership fees
  • Other allowable expenses (limitations apply, see coordinator for details)

Follow the steps recommended in the Getting Started section as this process will complete all the preliminary steps to qualifying for WIRED funding.  Once your FAFSA process is complete, we can use this information to start the assistance process.  Please contact the program coordinator to set up an appointment for an interview, and to complete the required forms.

McKay Womack, Mfg Training Coordinator; 208-732-6375;

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