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Manufacturing & Product Development

The Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector provides a foundation in manufacturing processes and systems. Manufacturing is the use of tools and labor to make products to sell. Product development involves the creation of an idea and the subsequent design and process that results in a product for sale. This sector is closely related to engineering and industrial design. An important part of California’s economy, this sector produces a wide range of products from sophisticated electronic/computer-related equipment to the simplest of toys.

As our world becomes more dependent on electronics, students with training and education in manufacturing and product development will continue to be in high demand. The Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector is for students who enjoy working with their hands, building or designing infrastructures, and expressing themselves artistically.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Design & Engineering Technology

Expand your computer and technical problem solving skills within the Architectural and Engineering disciplines. You will be exposed to the professional design process while integrating various 3D computer modeling and 2D CADD technologies. 


  • Design Technology 
  • Engineering Technology 


  • A.A. Design Technology 
  • A.S. Engineering Technology 

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Electronics Technology

If you love the idea of building your own circuits or robots, or learning about fiber optics and telecommunications, this program has it all. Put your problem-solving math skills to work in Mechtronics where you can learn the latest industrial automation techniques. 


  • Advanced Electronics & Telecommunications 
  • Biomedical Equipment Technology 
  • Digital Home Technology Integration 
  • Digital Repair & Upgrade Technician 
  • Fiber Optics 
  • Mechtronics 
  • Robotics 
  • Telecommunication Specialist 


  • A.S. Electronic Systems Technology 
  • A.S. Mechtronics 

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Welding Technology

In this nationally accredited program you will master welding techniques such as gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten arc, and shielded metal arc welding. You’ll get hands-on with the equipment, and learn testing, safety and blueprint reading. 


  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Plate and Pipe 
  • Welding Metallurgy and Inspection 


  • A.S. Welding Technology 

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Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

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American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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