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Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is an outreach training program of Ferris State University, the College of Engineering Technology, and Corporate and Professional Development.

The Institute provides efficient access to college resources to build a stronger and more talented workforce and includes courses that target today's industry needs. Developed to integrate learning and practice, the courses effectively build knowledge and skills for manufacturing professionals at any level.

The Objectives of the Manufacturing Institute

  • To upgrade skills and knowledge important to manufacturing
  • To educate new workers on essential processes and skills
  • Arm industry with a workforce better able to compete in an evolving market

The Target Audience

  • Mechanics, Machinists, Maintenance, Technicians, Supervisor Personnel
  • Apprentices and seasoned Journeymen

Ferris Resources Available to You

  • Classrooms and computer labs conducive to learning
  • Laboratories equipped for applying newly acquired knowledge
  • Instructors with industry experience and skills for effective training

Course Facilities

  • Unless otherwise indicated, courses are held on the Big Rapids  campus of Ferris State University in the Swan Building (915 Campus Drive)
  • Map of the campus

Special Notes for Participants:

Course activities will be divided between classroom instruction, demonstration, and "hands-on" lab exercises. Students should arrive with proper safety equipment which always includes:  enclosed leather shoes/boots and safety glasses.  A list of the training descriptions is below.  We will not be offering all training's this spring.  Consider a customized quote or contact us to discuss training options for any courses not offered.

Training Descriptions:


Technician Skills for Maintenance


Design and Fabrication Series


CNC Technology Series