Learn to print 3D items based on Computer Aided Design drafts. Oversee the printing process and offer recommendations on what products a company can produce via a 3D printer. 3D printing is an emerging field that has a lot of potential, and there have been lots of interesting things produced including art, manufacturing components, and even some 3D printed organs. 

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A Typical Day

  • Create daily schedules for the 3D printers.
  • Evaluate customer's designs to ensure they are compatible with 3-D printing.
  • Provide input on ways to streamline the printing process.
  • Perform printer finishing tasks like sand blasting or polishing.
  • Collaborate with production personnel to institute new work processes.
  • Assist with maintaining the overall production environment, such as cleaning or repairing 3D printers.
  • Work with the production management team on product development, including establishing design processes.

Recommended Credentials

Certificate or associate degree 

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Engineering Technology Degrees and Certificates
— Northwestern Michigan College (NMC)

Onsite training at hiring business.

Elsewhere in Michigan


Use great, affordable local options!!

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Try it before you buy it!

Learn to use the 3D printers at the Traverse Area District Library main campus or at your school

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Ask your high school counselor about AP classes for college credit in math and science.

Engineering Academy
— North Ed Career-Tech Center

Pathway 2

Engineering Technology at NMC
Associate in Applied Science 

Pathway 3

Specialize in the materials that you will be printing!


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • 3D Printing Operator
  • 3D Printing Designer
  • Additive Manufacturing Technician

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