Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing & Engineering (FSME) Certificate Program

This resource contains the course outlines for the one-quarter, four-course Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering (FSME) Certificate Program offered at Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, Washington. The FSME certificate provides students with a foundational set of skills and background knowledge that equips them for entry-level positions in manufacturing or to continue technical studies in a field such as Mechatronics Technician. Students learn about occupational safety and health in an applied engineering workshop. They also learn how to interpret manufacturing drawings and schematics; how to take measurements and analyze data; the properties of common materials used in manufacturing; and the quality principles and terminology employed in modern industry. Basic workshop skills needed to fabricate parts and structures are also covered, and students are introduced to more advanced manufacturing and engineering fabrication techniques including welding, the use of machine tools, composites, and electrical wiring.
Primary Material Type:
Clover Park Technical College
advanced manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, aerospace, mechatronics, basic technical skills

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS) and its member firms provided input on the competencies targeted with the FSME certificate.
Industry Sector:
Manufacturing -- Machinery Manufacturing (333)
Architecture and Engineering Occupations -- Mechanical Engineering Technicians (17-3027)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Engineering Technologies/Technicians (15)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
220 hours
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Note:
FSME is designed to align with year one of the Core Plus curriculum. Core Plus was developed for use in high schools by the Manufacturing Industrial Council in partnership with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Funding was provided by The Boeing Company. The curriculum has also been reviewed by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS) and its member firms to assure that the competencies targeted are priorities for the regional advanced manufacturing and supply chain/logistics workforce.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Custom Quality Rubric
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
Course Note:
Fundamental Skillls for Manufacturing & Engineering (FSME) Certificate Program
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