Advanced Manufacturing


Wabash Valley College's Advanced Manufacturing program is tailored to equip students with the essential skills required to succeed as skilled-trades workers in the industry. Our program offers a range of pathways, including becoming a manual machinist, computer numerical control machine operator, computer numerical control machine programmer, programmable logic controller programmer, robotics programmer, robotics technician, or general automation technician. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with hands-on experience and knowledge in their chosen field, preparing them to excel in their careers. Graduates from our program are well-equipped to enter the workforce as entry-level professionals in the manufacturing industry. Join us and pave your way to a successful career in Advanced Manufacturing.


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Our program stands out as the only program of its kind in Southern Illinois. Our program values the input of our advisory council and area employers to ensure our students receive training that is relevant and useful in the workforce. With our state-of-the-art facilities, we offer training on a wide range of technologies to equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in manufacturing-related fields.

Many of our students arrive with little to no prior experience in metalworking or other manufacturing-related disciplines due to the discontinuation of shop programs in local high schools. However, our experienced instructors are prepared to take them from square one and provide them with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to excel in their careers. Join us at WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program and pave your way to a successful future in the manufacturing industry.


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At our Advanced Manufacturing program, students gain expertise in operating a range of machining equipment, as well as mastering basic industrial electricity, PLC programming, blueprint reading, CAD (computer-aided drafting), and precision measurement. Our program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing industry and equip them with the practical skills necessary to excel in their careers.

Join us at our Advanced Manufacturing program and gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the dynamic manufacturing industry.


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On top of the scholarships offered by the school, WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program also meet the qualifications for the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship.

Although internships are not mandatory for the Advanced Manufacturing program, the majority of students opt to work with nearby manufacturers. Additionally, the program arranges at least one annual educational trip to manufacturing facilities, which may include a comprehensive tour of automobile plants, aircraft manufacturing units like Boeing, and other similar sites.