Intro to Manufacturing Technology Bootcamp

How much time & money do you lose training new employees?

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension are piloting an Intro to Manufacturing Technology Bootcamp. This accelerated 5-week certificate program will immerse students in the fundamentals of manufacturing procedures and processes. Once completed, students will be uniquely qualified for high-demand, entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry and will be interviewed by participating employers.

We know that manufacturing employers are facing an ever-widening skills gap and workforce shortage. This program is an innovative approach to close the gap with educated workers.

About the Program

Hard Skills
The program will provide a foundation of valuable, quantifiable, manufacturing skills and abilities. A series of classes will rotate between ELAC and UCLA. Each week’s instruction will focus on a different industry-informed skillset that will provide a fundamental understanding of the manufacturing industry as a whole. Skillsets include:

  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Print Reading
  • Applied Math for Manufacturing

Soft Skills
In order to have a well-rounded employee who integrates well within your company, the individual needs to also possess basic “soft skills.” The program goes beyond basic, measurable skills, to also include training in interpersonal behavior for the professional environment, such as:

  • Time Management and Work Ethic
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Business Acumen for Employees
  • Professional Etiquette


students in classroom

  • Attendance at every class session is required
  • Must have own transportation
  • Basic high school level English competency, arithmetic, geometry, pre-algebra
  • Academic Prerequisite: None

Intro to Manufacturing Technology Bootcamp Course Schedule

  • 5-week Accelerated Training Program, 9 AM – 5 PM, 6 days/week, Mon – Sat
  • Dates: TBD
  • Location: ELAC campus
  • Students will receive an Award of Completion from ELAC
  • Training includes the following classes about manufacturing fundamentals:
Institution Course Title Contact Hours
UCLA 1 A Survey of Manufacturing Industries 18
ELAC 1 Introduction to Manufacturing Technologies 18
ELAC 2 Applied Manufacturing Mathematics 24
UCLA 2 Production Business Fundamentals 18
ELAC 3 Introduction to Descriptive Geometry & CAD 24
ELAC 4 Print Reading & Interpretation 24
UCLA 3 Introduction to Production Operations 12
ELAC 5 Capstone 36
  Total Hours 174

UCLA Extension


About UCLA Extension
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension has served students in Southern California since 1917. With online programs, we also serve students nationwide and globally. Each year we offer more than 5,000 courses and programs, linking 50,000 adults of diverse backgrounds to enhanced career, academic, and personal growth opportunities through lifelong learning. 

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) provides a diverse student popular academic transfer courses, which help students for their coarse loads at four-year universities and colleges, and also occupational programs. ELAC is committed to incorporating student-centered instruction, student-centered support services and dynamic technologies to advance the academic success of students. 


Partners:  East Los Angeles College, Goodwill Southern California, IEEE, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), UCLA Extension, USC Center for Economic Development