Holiday Closure

Bellingham Technical College will be closed from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Manufacturing is the most diverse sector of the U.S. economy, from the immense variety of goods produced to the technology used to create them. Taking ideas and materials and turning them into valuable products takes highly skilled employees.

BTC’s programs in Advanced Manufacturing are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or an interest in in the math, science, and technology of the manufacturing process. You’ll learn skills needed for a career in high-demand, dynamic industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, and energy, with pathways to BTC’s bachelor of applied science degree in Operations Management.

The employment outlook for these industries is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

Our graduates are readily employable and are actively recruited by local, regional, national, and international industries.

Degrees & Certificates

Here are the Degrees & Certificates you can earn in this area.

Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics (AAS)
Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics (Cert.)

Instrumentation & Control (AAS)
Instrumentation & Control (AAS-T)

Machining (AAS)
Machining (AAS-T)
Machining - Principles of Machining and CNC Operation (Cert.)
Machining - Quality Assurance (Cert.)

Operations Management: Bachelor of Applied Science

Process Technology

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Welding & Fabrication Technology

Degree & Certificate Definitions

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree:

A two-year associate degree that allows you to go directly to work in your field.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree:

A two-year associate degree with transferable general education courses that allows you to either go directly into your field, transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university, or prepare for your bachelor of applied science degree at BTC.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree:

A two-year bachelor’s degree that can be added on top of an existing associate degree from an accredited college, or even a previous bachelor’s degree.


Certificates are academic credentials that can be earned in a shorter time than degrees, and which provide you with a set of skills to find a job or stay current in your field. Certificates typically last six months to one year, and some are designed to build on top of each other or eventually to a longer-term certificate or degree. Many certificates are financial aid eligible, so explore certificates now and find out if one is right for you.