Jumpstart your career in manufacturing

Choose between a selection of courses and start your career in manufacturing. New classes are open for enrollment, and seating is limited. Schedule your free orientation now!

Learn advanced manufacturing

Our curriculum covers advanced manufacturing, processes, and support systems.

Choose your path

We have several paths: The Forklift and Material Handling, Cal/OSHA General industry and the electro-mechanical assembly courses will put you on a fast-track for entry level job opportunities. You can also choose all options in our comprehensive 90-hour pre-apprenticeship training program.

Financial assistance just for you

Our program and courses are very affordable, and in some cases free, due to city and county grant programs.

Getting started

Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent? And, are you ready to work? Great!

You may still need to take an assessment test or meet a few other simple requirements; if so, we'll guide you through when we schedule your orientation into the program.

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Forklift Operator and Material Handling

This course consists of 2 hours of in-person classroom instruction and 4 hours of practical experience on both electrical and combustion engine forklifts. This training satisfies what state and federal training operators are required to have prior to operating forklifts and is valid for three years.

Participants that successfully pass the written exam and obstacle course exercises will receive training certificate and wallet card on the day of the class to operate Class I, IV & V sit-down style counterbalance forklifts.

10-hour Cal/OSHA General Industry course

The 10-Hr. Cal/OSHA General Industry Program provides workers information about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a job site. The training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter, and emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not Cal/OSHA Title 8 standards. Participants that successfully pass the course will receive a 10-hr. Cal/OSHA General Industry course completion card.

OSHA 10 class will be taught 100% live, online by an OSHA-certified instructor. Enrollees must have access to computer or tablet with a broadband connection and a webcam. Enrollees will remain online with the instructor as directed during the class.

Electro-mechanical Assembly

This course offers the basic skills required for an entry level electro-mechanical assembly technician. Building upon the topics addressed in the material handler course, this course adds two days of instruction covering subjects including manufacturing documentation, hand-tools and deburring, wiring and harnesses, mechanical assembly and threaded fasteners.

The course presents an overview of quality, blueprint reading, lean manufacturing and 5S concepts and tools for threaded fasteners. Students learn to work with documentation using real world examples from industry. Applied time in the lab includes hand tool demonstration and practice using pneumatic tools, wire crimpers, torque wrenches, soldering, and rivet guns and adhesives, required to build assemblies according to technical drawings.

Combined with the resume and interview skills workshops offered by the CAJ Job Center, students completing this course have the technical skills to apply for an electro-mechanical assembly position.

90-hour comprehensive training program

This program includes all components: you'll learn Cal/OSHA safety practices in our online courses, forklift operation, electro-mechanical assemblyand everything about advanced manufacturing. Additive, subtractive, forming, and joining processes will become second nature. You'll understand surface finishing, manufacturing support systems, and even working with soft products like textiles. High school diploma or equivalent is required.

When all is said and done, you'll have the skills for entry-level work in manufacturing and a CAJ certificate of completion, and you'll also be eligible to take the exam to receive your Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) credential.

30-hour Cal/OSHA General Industry course

Are you ready for supervisory role, or are you ready to upgrade your OSHA training?

This course meets the California Business and Professions Code, section 26051. This program provides workers with basic and more advanced training about common safety and health hazards on the job.

The 30-hour training program is intended to provide workers with some safety responsibility and a greater depth and variety of training. All outreach training is intended to cover an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site.

This training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not Cal/OSHA standards Title 8 standards. Participants that successfully pass the course will receive a 30-hr. Cal/OSHA General Industry course completion card.

Space is limited

Don't wait to sign up, get your orientation scheduled now! Space in the program is limited and available financial aid won't last.

Instruction follows a hybrid model, including online and in-person instruction; strictly following CDC guidelines so you know it's safe. You will need access to technology for the online classroom instruction.

If you've been thinking about starting a rewarding career in manufacturing, this is the time – and if you're a City of Sacramento resident, you'll be eligible for a stipend after you complete the program!

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As a team of like-minded organizations, we're making sure that everyone has access to the skills and training they need to start a rewarding career in manufacturing.

Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center

The Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center provides career training in areas identified by our community partners as having the highest employment opportunities.


SVMA is committed to working with educators and industry partners to proactively develop vocational, educational and workforce initiatives and programs for our region’s students and workforce.

Sacramento Employment & Training Agency

SETA connects people to jobs, business owners to quality employees, education to children, assistance to refugees, and hope to many Sacramento area residents.

Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program

The City of Sacramento has invested in new workforce recovery programs that will help local workers whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic.

Ready to get started? Sign up for your virtual orientation now!

City of Sacramento residents are eligible for a stipend upon completion of the program.