3D Printing | Lackawanna College

3D Printing

At A Glance

Enter this multi-level certificate to acquire the necessary skills in 3D printing for various manufacturing industries.

Start your career earning $30,000 per year and grow to earn over $55,000 per year.

Enter an industry diverse field with many manufacturing companies searching for individuals skilled in 3D Printing.

Earn your certificate over the course of 23 weeks with hands-on experience at Lackawanna College’s Sunbury Center.

Welcome to 3D Printing-Certificate Program

You’ve always had a creative mind and used that creativity in 3D printing to make whatever came to your mind, or you’ve recently gained interest in 3D printing but don’t know where to start. Begin your first steps in the professional world earning a 3D Printing certificate through Lackawanna College.

At Lackawanna College, you’ll gain the skills and hands-on experience you need for the professional world of 3D printing.

Your Career Starts Here

Employment of 3D printers remains steady with over 103,000 jobs opening every year through now and 2030.

The median average wage of a 3D printing technician was $38,270 in May 2020.

Earning your 3D printing certificate at Lackawanna College opens many doors in the manufacturing world. You can find employment in:

  • Factories
  • Printing Shops
  • Entrepreneurial Work
  • Start Up Businesses
  • And other manufacturing settings

Jobs you can begin after earning your certificate include:

  • 3D Printing Technician
  • Plastic Machine Worker
  • Metal Machine Worker
  • Self Employed 3D Printer
  • And many more

More About the Program

Knowing your way around 3D printing is a highly specialized skill that few people actually know. Jobs in 3D printing will be more in demand and it will fall to the skilled generation to fill those positions.

Students can learn these skills through Lackawanna College’s 3D printing certificate. Our courses teach you everything you need to know to go out and acquire employment in the industries that will rely on 3D printing more and more over time.

Lackawanna College recently purchased six Creality3D CR-10 V2 3D printers to support this certificate. The CR-10 V2 is a powerful printer that offers improved heating and part cooling, an improved print bed with excellent first layer adhesion, a resume-print function, and a filament-runout sensor.

Students work predominantly with PLA filament, one of the most common 3D printing materials used today. Advanced-level students may have access to alternative printing materials as they explore the limits of 3D printing.

The curriculum for our 3D printing technician certification was designed by an advisory board of professionals from a wide range of industries and with varying levels of expertise.

The program is intended both for new hobbyists and future experts.

The Course Work

The Lackawanna College Sunbury Center offers three level 3D printing certificate courses. The three levels include:

  • Beginner Level – One Week
    • This course introduces students to the software and hardware used for 3D printing and conclude with the creation of an entry-level product.
  • Intermediate Level – One Month
    • This level of the course allows students to closely examine the capabilities of 3D printing software and hardware. Participants will create and design their own unique piece as part of a final project.
  • Advanced Level – Three to Four Months
    • This course offers a deep dive into 3D printing software capabilities and hardware modification. As a test of their skills, students will create multiple pieces that fit and work together.