MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

Craft Brewing Technician

at MiraCosta College

about the craft brewing technician program

San Diego is arguably the best city on the planet for beer brewing with new micro-breweries popping up all the time. MiraCosta’s Craft Brewing Technician program is the fastest way into a lucrative career working in this growing field. Students will learn about the history and nature of contemporary craft brewing, the techniques and technologies for maintaining small brewery operations and hands-on practice in equipment maintenance and repair.


why attend miracosta?

  • Industry relevant curriculum using State-of-the-Art equipment

  • Job placement assistance, with over a 90% employment rate

  • Accelerated training that can get you into a job in less than 4 months

  • GI Bill ® approved, WIOA funding approved programs

For all candidates, tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $350 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration. GI Bill ® Approved.

Course Length
Complete this program in just one semester.  Offered twice per year.

Hours of Instruction
This is an accelerated program with classes scheduled 3-4 days per week. Course to start January 2019, more details coming soon.

HS Diploma or GED, and complete submission of enrollment documents.

what you will learn

  • The Brewing Process, including grain handling, wort production, malting, and malt analysis
  • Brewing hydraulics, basic Electronics and equipment repair
  • Filtering, fining, dry-hopping, carbonation, CIP, and tank readings
  • Yeast and fermentation processes and their effects on beer quality
  • Theory and practice of refrigeration and heat in the brewery
  • Brewhouse quality control
  • Recipes for production and sourcing all raw materials
  • SOP documentation and maintaining consistency in procedures
  • Finishing beer, sterilization of beer and packaging technology
  • Career Exploration and Readiness

after course completion

If students attend all classes, complete the necessary coursework, and pass the required tests, students will receive: A National Career Readiness Certificate, and a MiraCosta College Certificate of Accomplishment.

Career Paths

There are ever increasing openings for Craft Brewing Technicians in San Diego County! Companies such as: Stone Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Company, and Mikkeller Brewing   have positions open.

meet your instructor

Mike Stevenson
Craft Brewing Technician Instructor

Mike Stevenson has been homebrewing since he was a young adult and brewed independently about 3 times a month in college.  He has had opportunities to travel around the world to learn from master brewers including, McMuellers Brauereigasthof, Linnich-Kofferen in Germany and breweries in Belgium, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Sardinia, Italy.  Mike has been teaching at UCSD Extension in their Brewing Certificate program for the past year. Mr. Stevenson is now the Head Brewer and Co-Owner of the popular Culver Beer Company in Carlsbad, California.


  • California State University of San Marcos, Bachelors of the Arts, Economics
  • University of San Diego Extension Brewing Certificate, Certificate in Brewing Sciences

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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