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ManuFirstSC Certification

A basic manufacturing certification designed for South Carolinians needing entry-level eligibility for manufacturing employment. ManuFirstSC establishes areas of concentrated manufacturing businesses with a need for talent and a willingness to recognize the training in lieu of experience. The concept was developed and deployed in the Trident area and will be implemented in other areas of the state according to demand from manufacturers.

ManuFirstSC is a potential solution to address urgent pipeline shortages in the manufacturing industry. The 70-hour ManuFirstSC certification also has potential to be integrated or stacked with the more rigorous Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) certification.

Participant eligibility requirements:

  • Able to work in the United States
  • Earned bronze WIN/WorkKeys (ASVAB for veterans is also sufficient)

ManuFirstSC Curriculum

Section 1: Manufacturing Safety (40 Hours)

(includes preparation for and testing MSSC Safety Certification Assessment)
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
Lockout/Tag Out (LOTO)
Maintaining a Clean Environment
Tool and Equipment Use
Customer Communications
Conflict Management

Section 2: Quality Awareness (18 Hours)

Craft Math Basics
Precision Measurement
Lean Production
Quality Systems, 5S, and Continuous Improvement
Quality Improvement
Introduction to SPC and Control Charts
Quality Audits
Recognizing Problems
DMAIC Model for Six Sigma Improvements

Section 3: Production and Processes (8 Hours)

The Production Process
Machine Operations
Conditioning, Finishing, and Assembly

Section 4: Maintenance Awareness (4 hours)

Total Preventive Maintenance