Northwestern State University & Central Louisiana Technical Community College

Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program

AMT Program Application now open for Fall 2018 Class

Earn money while you attend school and you could graduate debt free. This work/study program gives you the opportunity to learn in the environment in which you will work as well as the ability to apply almost immediately what you learned in class on the manufacturing floor. It is not your typical college degree program. You will attend class full time two days a week and work at your sponsoring manufacturer three days. You will also learn essential manufacturing principles and develop productive work behaviors that provide excellent self-development skills that are very attractive to employers. The curriculum implements the multidisciplinary, multiskilled model with courses in electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication, troubleshooting, problem solving, etc.

Tony Davis

Executive Director

Natchitoches Community Alliance

[email protected]

(318) 352-6894




Kim Gibson

Engineering Technology Department

Northwestern State University

[email protected]

(318) 357-6751





Mrs. Laurie Morrow

Dean, Natchitoches Campus

Central Louisiana Technical Community College

[email protected]

(318) 357-3162


Mike Wolff


Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana

[email protected]

(318) 581-3594

What is the AMT Program?

Students participating in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program will earn an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Northwestern State University (NSU). This degree combined with additional technical courses through the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC)—Natchitoches Campus will result in an AMT Certificate from CLTCC. This program combines cutting-edge curriculum with paid work experience; it integrates highly sought-after business principles and best practices of world-class manufacturers. it is more than a  job; it is a pathway to a successful career.

What makes the AMT Program different?

AMT is more than just sitting in the classroom.  The college and the manufacturer work closely together to enhance student learning.  In addition to gaining skill mastery in the education portion of the program, students learn about the culture of manufacturing through workshops such as safety culture, visual workplace organization, lean manufacturing, problem solving, and machine reliability–and by working in a facility two or three days a week.  Students earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless work experience and solid work ethic behaviors with global and local manufacturers.

What about after graduation?

While not guaranteed a position with sponsoring manufacturer, graduates have an opportunity to be hired with a great salary and excellent benefits. Other manufacturers seek professionals with this level of experience and training, plus graduates may opt to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in fields such as engineering, technology or business.

What about financial aid?

Although the sponsoring manufacturers’ compensation packages differ, students who participate in the AMT program, with some planning, can usually cover their education expenses.  There are also grants and financial aid available for those who qualify.  Students needing assistance with tuition must start the process by completing an application on the “” website. Students seeking financial aid are encouraged to apply early.

Students are responsible for tuition and fees associated with the AMT program. The program course load is usually 15-18 credit hours per semester.  Students typically work 24 hours per week at the sponsoring manufacturer’s facility.  Participating manufacturers have their own compensation package and any tuition reimbursement, rate of pay, raises and other pay and benefit matters are based on the policies of the individuals manufacturer.  Students with manufacturer sponsorship must maintain a “C” or higher in all classes to be retained in this selective program.

Some of the participating manufacturers include:

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Boise Cascade



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