Tooling U-SME maps its online training classes to the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) standards. These standards stem from an industry-led certification program designed to prepare people with the core knowledge needed for entry-level production employment.

To become an MSSC certified production technician, individuals must successfully pass four tests focused on Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness. For any test, preparation is key. These links match each MSSC test with the Tooling U-SME classes that can increase your knowledge and help you prepare. While our classes cannot guarantee success, our focused content and online tools can get you started.

 

Maintenance Awareness

 
 
Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Electrical Units 110
This class describes how electricity flows and explains the basic units used to measure electricity.
None 20 Beginner Electrical Systems
Intro to Circuits 120
This class describes the basic components of an electrical circuit and explains how they are represented in schematic drawings. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 19 Beginner Electrical Systems
Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Fluid Systems 100
This class provides an introduction to fluid power systems, including hydraulic and pneumatic components.
None 14 Beginner Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Safety for Hydraulics and Pneumatics 105
This class addresses safe work practices for hydraulics and pneumatics and includes information on preventive measures for safety hazards in the manufacturing workplace.Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 17 Beginner Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Mechanical Systems

Mechanical Systems

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Mechanical Systems 100
This class examines simple machines such as the lever and inclined plane and covers basic concepts of physical science, including mechanical advantage and friction.
None 20 Beginner Mechanical Systems
Forces of Machines 110
This class identifies the various types of mechanical forces and describes how these forces act on objects. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 17 Beginner Mechanical Systems
Motor Controls

Motor Controls

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Electric Motors 200
This class discusses how various types of electric motors are applied throughout industry and the principles behind motor operation. Includes an Interactive Lab.
550115
550130
550140

14 Intermediate Motor Controls
Symbols and Diagrams for Motors 210
This class describes common types of motor control symbols found in most schematic diagrams as well as their function in a motor application.
460200

16 Intermediate Motor Controls
Quality

Quality

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Approaches to Maintenance 120
This class provides an introduction to the maintenance profession and describes various approaches to the practice of maintenance.
None 15 Beginner Quality
Total Productive Maintenance Overview 150
This class describes the elements of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and explains how TPM helps reduce losses and waste.
None 18 Beginner Quality
Welding

Welding

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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What Is Arc Welding? 110
This class introduces the advantages of arc welding as a joining process and explains the fundamentals of arc welding.
650115

18 Beginner Welding
Arc Welding Safety 115
This class describes general safety practices that all welders must follow during arc welding procedures. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16 Beginner Welding

Manufacturing Processes and Production

 
 
CNC

CNC

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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History and Definition of CNC 100
This class outlines the origin of today's CNC machines and explains how modern CNC evolved from its original designs.
None 13 Beginner CNC
Basics of the CNC Turning Center 120
This class describes the basic components of the turning center as well as the devices used on this machine. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 15 Beginner CNC
Fasteners

Fasteners

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Assembly 100
This class describes the common assembly methods of mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding, and welding.
None 14 Beginner Fasteners
Tools for Threaded Fasteners 120
This class outlines the different types of tools for assembly commonly used with threaded fasteners.
None 18 Beginner Fasteners
Inspection

Inspection

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Basic Measurement 110
This class introduces the basic measuring devices used in the shop to ensure part quality. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 18 Beginner Inspection
Manual Machining

Manual Machining

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Basics of the Manual Mill 110
This class describes the basic components of the manual mill and also describes common workholding devices, cutting tools, and toolholders used on the mill.
None 14 Beginner Manual Machining
Basics of the Engine Lathe 115
This class describes the basic parts of the engine lathe as well as the cutting tools and workholding devices used on a typical lathe.
None 17 Beginner Manual Machining
Materials

Materials

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Materials 100
This class identifies the major categories of materials used in manufacturing and compares their general properties.
None 19 Beginner Materials
Structure of Metals 110
This class describes the atomic structure of metals and explains how this structure affects each metal's properties.
None 15 Beginner Materials
Mechanical Systems

Mechanical Systems

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to Mechanical Systems 100
This class examines simple machines such as the lever and inclined plane and covers basic concepts of physical science, including mechanical advantage and friction.
None 20 Beginner Mechanical Systems
Forces of Machines 110
This class identifies the various types of mechanical forces and describes how these forces act on objects. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 17 Beginner Mechanical Systems
Metal Cutting

Metal Cutting

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Metal Removal Processes 110
This class describes traditional machining processes such as metal cutting and grinding, as well as various nontraditional methods of machining.
None 17 Beginner Metal Cutting
Safety for Metal Cutting 115
This class identifies the safety hazards associated with cutting operations and the precautions you must take to avoid injury.
None 15 Beginner Metal Cutting
Press Brake

Press Brake

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Press Brake Components 110
This class identifies the major components of the press brake and describes the most common press brake designs. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 14 Beginner Press Brake
Quality

Quality

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Approaches to Maintenance 120
This class provides an introduction to the maintenance profession and describes various approaches to the practice of maintenance.
None 15 Beginner Quality
Lean Manufacturing Overview 130
This class describes the basic principles of lean manufacturing and compares them to traditional manufacturing approaches. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 18 Beginner Quality
Soldering

Soldering

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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What Is Soldering? 110
This class provides an overview of the basic tools and components used for soldering, briefly explores the importance of soldering to the electronics industry, and covers basic procedures for soldering preparation, safety, and cleanup.
None 13 Beginner Soldering
Stamping

Stamping

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Press Basics 110
This class introduces common stamping presses, as well as their main components and functions.
None 15 Beginner Stamping
Punch and Die Operations 120
This class introduces the common sheet metal operations performed with the help of dies and presses. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16 Beginner Stamping
Supervisor Essentials

Supervisor Essentials

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Basics of Manufacturing Costs 140
This class describes the basic costs associated with manufacturing and how these costs are typically controlled.
None 17 Beginner Supervisor Essentials

Quality Practices and Measurement

 
 
Inspection

Inspection

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Basic Measurement 110
This class introduces the basic measuring devices used in the shop to ensure part quality. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 18 Beginner Inspection
Linear Instrument Characteristics 115
This class describes the various characteristics of linear measuring instruments and explains how variation affects the inspection process. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 15 Beginner Inspection
Quality

Quality

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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ISO 9000 Overview 110
This class identifies and describes the key components of ISO 9001:2008, as well as its supporting standards ISO 9000:2005 and ISO 9004:2009.
None 19 Beginner Quality
5S Overview 155
This class provides an introduction to the 5S quality system and describes techniques for implementing 5S.
None 14 Beginner Quality
Shop Essentials (Applied Mathematics)

Shop Essentials (Applied Mathematics)

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Math: Fundamentals 100
This class explains how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide to solve a problem following the correct order of operations.
None 14 Beginner Shop Essentials (Applied Mathematics)
Math: Fractions and Decimals 105
This class explains how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals, as well as how to convert these numbers to percentages.
800100 22 Beginner Shop Essentials (Applied Mathematics)

Safety

 
 
Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Safety for Electric Work 115
This class describes the safety risks associated with electricity. It also discusses the necessary precautions for working with electricity safely. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16 Beginner Electrical Systems
Fasteners

Fasteners

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Safety for Assembly 105
This class introduces general safety guidelines for assembly. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 15 Beginner Fasteners
Intro to Fastener Ergonomics 130
This class introduces ergonomics and discusses the ergonomic concerns associated with assembly.
None 15 Beginner Fasteners
Mechanical Systems

Mechanical Systems

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Safety for Mechanical Work 105
This class describes safety precautions for performing maintenance on mechanical systems.
None 12 Beginner Mechanical Systems
Metal Cutting

Metal Cutting

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Safety for Metal Cutting 115
This class identifies the safety hazards associated with cutting operations and the precautions you must take to avoid injury.
None 15 Beginner Metal Cutting
Quality

Quality

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Quality Overview 100
This class identifies how each department and function of a company plays a role in producing quality products for the customer.
None 16 Beginner Quality
Safety

Safety

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Intro to OSHA 100
This class covers the goals and purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including its standards, programs, and interactions with employers and employees.
None 18 Beginner Safety
Fire Safety and Prevention 110
This class addresses OSHA fire safety and prevention measures and describes emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, fire detectors and alarms, and fire extinguishing equipment. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 17 Beginner Safety
Supervisor Essentials

Supervisor Essentials

 
ClassPrereq.LessonsDifficultyDepartment
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Essentials of Communication 120
This class describes key types of communication and common roadblocks to communication, as well as how to use effective communication as a tool to help build teamwork and manage conflict. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 14 Beginner Supervisor Essentials
Conflict Resolution Principles 150
This class covers the basic steps that a manager can take to resolve conflicts in the workplace and help ensure that the same conflicts do not return. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16 Beginner Supervisor Essentials