Brian Cummings, Department Head
Eliminating the manufacturing skills gap, one students at a time
The Advanced Manufacturing program provides students with the opportunity to experience the latest advanced manufacturing technology. Students will experience hands-on techniques, which replicate career opportunities in today’s advanced manufacturing facilities.
Advanced Manufacturing Skills:
Advanced Manufacturing students will be trained in a diversely & well equipped program to obtain competency from beginner to advanced levels, using a variety of state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment and techniques, such as:
- Precision CNC programming, set-up, and operation equipment:
- Haas VF-OE and TM-1P Machining Centers;
- Haas SL-20 Turning Center with Bar feeder & parts catcher;
- Advanced CNC Control Simulators.
- Precision R&D Manual Machining equipment:
- Milling Machines / Prototrak;
- Precision Surface Grinders;
- Drill Presses;
- Vertical and Horizontal Band Saws;
- and various hand tools, and finishing tools;
- CNC Programming, set-up, and operation:
- Students learn basic CNC G-Code programming;
- Tooling setup;
- Advanced setup techniques;
- Visual Quick Code programming;
- Innovative/in-process inspection techniques.
- CAD/CAM Programming:
- Complete integration of the latest Mastercam CAD/CAM software;
- Introduction to Autodesk Inventor HSM CAD/CAM software.
- Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing/3D Scanning Technology:
- Complete (and growing) 3D/Additive Manufacturing program;
- 3D Systems CubePro 3D Printer & integrated software;
- 3D Systems 3D Hand-held part/object scanner;
- Generate STL models for printing;
- Integration of CAD software to print 3D parts/objects;
- Additional Fab Lab equipment arriving.
- Advanced Inspection, Measurement, and Quality Control
- CMM programming & inspection;
- Surface Plate inspection using gage blocks, height gages, and indicators;
- Micrometers & Calipers with dial, vernier, & digital scales;
- Bench work & layout
- Laser Engraving / Laser Cutting Technology
- Work Readiness Skills
- Resume & Cover Letter development;
- Interviewing skills & techniques;
- Business, finance, and entrepreneurship skills.
- Lean Manufacturing skills
During your time in the Advanced Manufacturing program, you will find a wide range of opportunities. These times will be filled with many opportunities to try something new and exciting. There is never a dull moment, as the program is regularly implementing new advanced manufacturing technology, while completing assigned projects, as well as specialty & customer projects. The Advanced Manufacturing curriculum is always dynamic and very exciting.
If you are interested in making things, whether it be in CNC machining & 3D printing, using CAD/CAM software to develop & implement ideas, or whether it be learning about advanced equipment such as laser engraving/cutting and CMM measuring equipment, then this field is definitely for you! “Endless Possibilities” is the best term that often comes to mind.
- CNC Programmer;
- CNC Set-up Person;
- CNC Operator;
- Advanced Manufacturing Technician;
- Quality Control / Quality Assurance technician;
- Additive Design & Manufacturing Technician;
- CAD/CAM Specialist;
- Post-secondary opportunities would lead you to advancements in Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering.
Manufacturing Statistics to Consider
Here is just a small list of career and post-secondary opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing field:
- For every $1 of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy;
- As of 2015, the average wage for skilled manufacturers is more than $77K!
- 90%+ of manufacturing personnel have medical benefits;
- The current lack of skilled manufacturing workers is expected to result in approximately 2 million manufacturing jobs going unfilled by 2020.
- Recently, nearly $1Billion in grants have gone to vocational schools and technical colleges to support the creation and advancement of Advanced Manufacturing programs;
- Advanced Manufacturing supports over 17.6 million jobs in the US. That’s more than the total population of the 4 largest US cities (New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, & Houston);
- Since 2014-2015, approximately $180,000 has been invested into our own Advanced Manufacturing program to help solve the career skills gap and provide awesome opportunities for our graduates;
- Currently, thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs are available and await you in the Worcester area alone!
For more information about this department, contact Mr. Cummings.