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Technical Training in Advanced Manufacturing

California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has partnered with the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACTs) to provide training in Advanced Manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training program combines technical skills training, workplace readiness, and workshops in areas of high demand. Students can earn multiple certificates that will improve their ability to find employment. This program is funded by the Department of Labor (DOL) through the H1-B Training Grant. The program is free to those who qualify or low cost.

The program will offer training and workshops in:

  • Aerospace Fasteners Manufacturing
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Electrical
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Machining/Computer Numeric Control (CNC)
  • Welding
  • Other


  • Motivated to learn and advance your career
  • Strong work ethics
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • US citizen or legal resident
  • Must have at least a GED or High School Diploma
  • Submit a completed application

Training Locations
Each college offers different programs. To learn more, visit the college’s page:

Why Join

  • The training is free or low cost.
  • Exposure to the manufacturing industry.
  • Manufacturing ranks as California’s 3rd largest employer and 5th largest in value of exports.
  • Access to the latest training. The advanced manufacturing industry is an environment characterized by rapid technological change.
  • Anticipated retirements will significantly increase the need of skilled workers in the next five years.
  • Advanced manufacturing is always in demand (see article).


  • California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Edward Lifesciences
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board

Download our brochure.