Jumpstart your career in manufacturing

Choose between a selection of courses and start your career in manufacturing. New classes are open for enrollment, and seating is limited. Get started!

Learn advanced manufacturing

Our curriculum covers advanced manufacturing, processes, and support systems.

Choose your path

We have several paths to choose from that will put you on a fast track to entry-level job opportunities. Programs range from as little as a day or weeks to a few short months for the comprehensive program.

Financial assistance just for you

Our program and courses are very affordable, and in some cases free, due to grant programs.

Are you ready to work?

Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center is hosting a weekly orientation every Wednesday, at 8:30 am. Please complete this form and a CAJ staffperson will contact you to confirm your participation. An assessment test will be scheduled after the orientation.

Forklift Operation

This single-day training satisfies what state and federal training operators are required to have prior to operating both electric and internal combustion engine forklifts.

Participants that successfully pass the written exam and obstacle course exercises will receive a training certificate and wallet card on the day of the class to operate Class I, IV & V sit-down style counterbalance forklifts and Class III Motorized Pallet Trucks that are valid for three years.

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Introduction to Manufacturing

Introduction to Manufacturing is the first component of the Manufacturing Technician Program, offered as an individual short-term program format where you’ll learn an overview of manufacturing processes, safety and earn several certifications.

This 90-hour program is the pre-requisite program for the manufacturing Technician Program core components.

When all is said and done you will have earned the following manufacturing skills for entry-level work in the industry:

  • 10 Hr. Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety and Health Card
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA)
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • CAJ Introduction to Manufacturing Completion Certificate

Welding Fabrication I

Welding Fabrication I is a component of the Manufacturing Technician Program offered as an individual short-term 90-hour program format. Welding Fabrication I will prepare you with the principles and technical skills to manufacture welded components. In this introductory course, you will learn the safe operation of oxy/fuel torches, arc welding, and plasma cutting by constructing lab projects. You’ll also learn the safe operation of essential weld preparation tools such as handheld grinders and abrasive saws.

After completion, you will have the foundational skills to prepare you for an entry-level role in the welding industry or gain more skills by continuing on to the Manufacturing Technician Program. The Introduction to Manufacturing or Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship are prerequisite programs for Welding Fabrication I.

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Manufacturing Technician Program

The Manufacturing Technician Program (MTP) is a 9-month/900-hour program. After completing the MTP you will have the skills to enter the workforce prepared to start a career in manufacturing. After completion, you will be prepared for a wide variety of occupations including assembly technician, welder/fabricator, CNC operator, manufacturing engineering technician, or quality control technician. The program has start dates throughout the school year.

Upon completion of core program components, you have the choice to select one of the following areas of specialization followed by a capstone project or capstone externship:

  • Welder
  • CNC Machinist
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician

Program graduates receive direct job placement assistance from CAJ and its industry partner, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance.

Electro-Mechanical Assembly

The Electro-Mechanical Assembly class contains fundamental knowledge of assembly processes, including identifying and applying essential hand tools techniques, and application of mechanical assembly hardware. You’ll learn the safe operation of soldering and heat shrinking and crimping equipment. In the lab, students build wiring harnesses and test the continuity of constructed projects by interpreting engineering drawings and specifications. When you complete the program you will have the foundational skills for entry-level assembly technician roles.

The Introduction to Manufacturing or Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship are prerequisites classes for this course.

Material Handling and Logistics

The Material Handling and Logistics class is a great follow-up to our Forklift Operator class for those that want to gain more skills and experience. The training contains fundamental knowledge of material handling and logistics principles, including an overview of manufacturing operations flow and essential functions of inventory systems, such as receiving, Material handling activities including forklift exercises, packaging, and physical inventory, through hands-on learning in the manufacturing training lab. When you complete the program you’ll have the foundational skills to prepare for an entry-level role in material handling.

Current operator training certification for Class I & IV forklifts is required for this class.

Space is limited

Space in the program is limited and available financial aid won’t last.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a rewarding career in manufacturing, this is the time!

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As a team of like-minded organizations, we’re making sure that everyone has access to the skills and training they need to start a rewarding career in manufacturing.

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Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center

The Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center provides career training in areas identified by our community partners as having the highest employment opportunities.

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