Production Workforce Skills Training

Production Workforce Skills Training

Leverage Production Workforce Skills to Work Smarter.

Workforce Training

Minnesota is home to a diverse manufacturing community. From heavy metal foundries to nanotechnology manufacturing in clean room environments, production worker skills are valuable assets. The OpVantageSM training program provides production workers with the knowledge and skill necessary to secure a hiring advantage, whether seeking a new job or wanting to reinforce existing skills.

The OpVantage program starts with a Core Manufacturing Skills course to provide workers with the basic competencies necessary to be successful in a production environment, and more valuable to their current or future employer.

To complement the core skills course, four additional courses are available, each promoting a specialized skills topic:

Production Soldering Assembler

Students will understand soldering acceptability requirements and gain certification in the two most common IPC specifications used in the electronic assembly industry, as well as demonstrate hands-on proficiency in both basic and fine pitch soldering techniques.

Control Panel Assembler

After completing both levels 1 and 2 of the course, students will understand elementary wiring diagrams and demonstrate the ability to complete assemblies of more complex electronic devices.


Students will understand the unique requirements and work performance expectations typical in a manufacturing cleanroom setting.


After completing the course, students will understand requirements and perform inspections typical of a manufacturing setting.


OpVantage courses include a robust curriculum of core competencies relevant to current or future employment.

  • Math
  • Measurement
  • Hand Tools
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Print Reading
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Electrical Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • LEAN Manufacturing & Continuous Improvement
  • Safety
  • IPC-A-610 Certification
  • Basic Hands-on Skill Proficiency
  • IPC J-STD-001 Certification
  • Fine Pitch Soldering Proficiency
Basic Level 1 topics: Advanced Level 2 topics:
  • Math & Measurement
  • Control Panel Fundamentals
  • Print Reading Control Panel
  • Hand Tools
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Electrical Assembly
  • Relay and Ladder Logic Fundamentals
  • Working with Elementary Wiring Diagrams
  • Industrial Devices
  • Panel Layout
  • Advanced Assembly
  • Position Responsibilities & Safety
  • Cleaning Requirements
  • Cleanroom Classification & Design
  • Operational Protocols & Procedures
  • Contamination Risk & Response
  • Position Responsibilities & Safety
  • Reading & Interpreting Prints & Schematics
  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Quality Processes & Recordkeeping
  • Material Control & Audits


Student performance is verified on written evaluations and hands-on skill demonstrations where appropriate.

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