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Training workers for today's smart factories and Industry 4.0.

With the increasing calls for the on-shoring of American jobs in manufacturing, Elgin Community College is developing programs and building facilities to train workers for today's smart factory and the broader Industry 4.0 initiative. 

ECC prepares you for a global manufacturing career, offering flexibility and community connections. With shorter, stackable credentials and upskilling programs, you can incrementally build skills and stay relevant in the workforce. ECC adapts to industry changes, ensuring a skilled workforce. Our advanced technology integration meets evolving community needs, incorporating essential skills like data analysis, programming, problem-solving, and project management. Programs also include collaborative projects, team assignments, and communication exercises to align with employers' expectations.

ECC can help you enter the workforce more quickly or continue your education while working. By adapting to the changing demands of the manufacturing sector, community colleges can play a pivotal role in preparing a skilled and adaptable workforce that drives the industry forward.

Did you know?

Elgin Community College is breaking new ground by constructing a 150,000 sq ft manufacturing and technology center, scheduled for occupancy in 2026. This center will reinforce the college's commitment to manufacturing in the region, provide a rich educational and training experience, and prepare the workforce for the future. ECC's health facility offers practical experience in a controlled environment, allowing students to refine their clinical skills on campus, including highly sought-after skills in mechatronics. Mechatronics combines mechanical elements, electronic components, and computer control to create functional and intelligent systems. Come to ECC to experience the excitement and opportunities this new center will provide and be part of shaping the future of manufacturing and technology.

Degree Programs

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Management – Renewable Energy
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technology
  • IST/Maintenance Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Welding Fabrication Technology

Certificate Programs

  • Arc Welding
  • AutoCAD
  • Automated Electronic Systems
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • CREO
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Management – Renewable Energy
  • HVAC Facilities Maintenance Tech
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Light Commercial HVAC Service Tech
  • Machine Tool Operations
  • MIG Welding
  • Mold Making
  • Refrigeration Service Technician
  • Residential HVAC Service Technician
  • Residential HVAC Systems
  • Sheet Metal Mechanics
  • SolidWorks
  • Supply Chain Logistics Specialist
  • Tool and Die Making
  • Welding

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Please refer to the ECC catalog for program details and course descriptions.

ECC Catalog

Can I pursue a degree apprenticeship combo at ECC?

Elgin Community College partners with local businesses to offer apprenticeships, enabling individuals to support their college education and gain valuable work experience financially. If you're interested in a career in CNC Machining, Industrial Maintenance Technology, or HVAC, fill out our form, and our apprenticeship coordinator will contact you to explore possibilities. ECC is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Training for the supplemental instruction portion of local industry apprenticeship programs. Our Energy Management programs are endorsed by the National Association of Stationary Operating Engineers (NASOE).

What career opportunities are available for individuals with expertise in manufacturing technology?

Manufacturing technology involves using tools, machinery, and processes to transform raw materials into finished products on an industrial scale. When you study at ECC, you’ll have industrial engineering and technology expertise with many different career paths. Look for engineering, production management, quality assurance, industrial automation, welding, and supply chain management roles.

Compare Industry Salaries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Food Service Managers, (accessed July 20, 2023). See details about the salary and job opportunities using ECC's Career Coach.

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What are ECC’s facilities like?

We offer in-person and hybrid manufacturing programs to accommodate your diverse schedules and learning preferences. Experienced instructors conduct classroom lectures to cover theoretical concepts and oversee in-person labs and workshops to provide hands-on training so you’ll be ready to work in various industries, including manufacturing, automotive systems, aerospace, medical devices, consumer electronics, and more.

Register for a campus tour today!

Tour our beautiful campus and explore programs, student resources, and academic spaces. Tours are available every other Wednesday at 4 pm and are led by a friendly student ambassador or admissions staff member.

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ECC in the News

ECC student Simone Tetzlaff found an apprenticeship key in her manufacturing career goals
Published 07/07/2021

Gearing up for manufacturing growth

Elgin Community College is gearing up for manufacturing growth. ECC is planning on developing a new manufacturing education and training center.

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Professor Umberto Tinajero and student Steven Spicer stand in front of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine
Academics | Accomplishment | Student Profile
Published 10/29/2021

IMT Program collaborations help student Steven Spicer excel in new career path

Elgin Community College student Steven Spicer entered ECC’s Industrial Manufacturing Technology (IMT) Program without any knowledge of the craft, coming from a background in construction and working odd jobs to support himself and his two children. After deciding to move onto a new trade, he discovered Computer Numerical Control (CNC), which led him to ECC.

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ECC students and SkillsUSA 2023 Welding Fabrication team Joshua Palmer, Meralia Gomez, and Colin Dameron
Academics | Accomplishment
Published 05/30/2023

ECC students place at SkillsUSA Illinois State Championship

Elgin Community College career and technical students traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 29-30.

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