Today's manufacturing plants are high-tech hubs of automation and CNC and PLC programming. An industry shortage of trained industrial technicians and the need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will drive demand for these skilled workers.

Get the skills

Skilled technicians troubleshoot machinery issues, improve system efficiency, and ensure the quality of products using the latest technology. Our graduates report high job satisfaction and significant earning potential. Students receive hands-on training in welding, machinery maintenance and automation, computer-aided drafting, and CNC programming - just the skills needed to go right to work in as little as two years.

Start your career or transfer

Parkland's Industrial Technology degree qualifies students to transfer to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale's Industrial Management and Applied Engineering (IMAE) program. Start at SIUC as a junior and take advantage of the convenient weekend program offered on Parkland's campus.

Offering more than 100 Associates Degree and Certificate programs, Parkland College is well known for its small class sizes, state­-of-the-art facilities, inclusive learning environment, and personable faculty. Parkland boasts the largest international student body of any 2 ­year college in the state of Illinois, with more than 300 students representing more than 40 countries.

The Associate Degree offers an ideal and inexpensive doorway for international students wanting to enter the American education system. Having worked to perfect their English language skills through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or earned two years­ worth of transferable credits, many of Parkland’s international students then transfer on to 4­ year universities (2+2 transfer) around the United States, where they continue their educations, earning Baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

Parkland College faculty are well accustomed to the challenges faced by international students are experienced in dealing with them. Parkland strives to enhance global awareness and multiculturalism through education and faculty welcome the perspective brought by international students in their classes.

Why Choose Parkland College

  • Small class sizes and a personalized education
  • Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for non-­English speakers
  • Complete two years and transfer credits to a 4­ year university
  • In the same city as the University of Illinois, a top research university
  • Around ½ the yearly cost of 4 ­year universities
  • A diverse international student population, more than 300 international students
  • Faculty focus on global awareness and multiculturalism
  • Stand out!

Learn to program, operate, service, and maintain modern manufacturing systems and processes.

The AAS degree, with concentrations in Machine tool/CNC programming, Industrial Maintenance/Automation, Computer Aided Drafting, and Welding, provides paid internship experiences with Parkland's industrial partners, giving you an inside look at the manufacturing environment and what is expected of a skilled technician. The AS degree gives you a strong base upon which you can complete a bachelor's degree in manufacturing/industrial technology upon transfer to a 4 ­year institution. Trained manufacturing and industrial technicians are in demand worldwide. Career choices with your degree may include, among others: computer numerical control (CNC) operator, CNC programmer, CNC set­up technician, computer-­aided drafting (CAD) technician, electronics technician, industrial safety technician, maintenance technician, millwright, quality control technician. You may also choose to transfer your credits to 4­ year institutions offering bachelor's degrees in industrial, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering technologies, among other fields. The following curriculum emphasizes a course of study in core technical courses in the industrial technology, machining area.

This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four­-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in technology. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.


  • CAD 121 Materials for Industry
  • CAD 124 Introduction to Auto-CAD (Computer­Aided Drafting)
  • MFT 121 Basic Machine Processes
  • MFT 125 Manufacturing Processes
  • MFT 127 Introduction to CNC Programming — Turning and Milling
  • MFT 128 Quality Assurance
  • MAT 125* College Trigonometry
  • PHY 122 General Physics II or CHE 101 General Chemistry I

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2020
2 years
24,730 USD
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