Advanced Manufacturing Program
The Southwestern Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Center, established at Housatonic Community College in 2012, is part of a statewide initiative to provide skilled employees for the growing manufacturing industry.
The Advanced Manufacturing Program is a one school year (9 month) certificate program. It is an intense thirty-five hour per week, thirty-four college credits* program designed to provide students with the 21st Century manufacturing skills needed by today’s manufacturers. Students can choose a day or night schedule.
Admission to the Program
All students need to complete the program information package and admissions process. Admission to the program is selective and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the most current Advanced Manufacturing Program application requirements and paperwork. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a grade of “C” in each program course for progression in the program. For more information, please contact the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing program, Michael Gugger, at 203-332-5963.
The Advanced Manufacturing: Machine Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with an advanced level of manufacturing skills for employment in machine technology and CNC manufacturing environments. Building on the skills developed in the first semester, students develop advanced manufacturing skills in mathematics, blueprint reading, principles of quality control, Lathe I, Milling I, and CNC I. Students will spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in hands-on activities in the Advanced Manufacturing Center. In the second semester, students in good standing (grade of “C” or better in all classes and a strong attendance record) will be allowed to participate in the Internship Program. Students find, or are placed into, internships at local manufacturing organizations gaining insight and understanding of the full production environment. Interns will be evaluated by the participating company. Poor on-the-job performance will mean loss of the internship opportunity.
The student who completes this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the application of various geometric and trigonometric functions
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of advanced blueprint reading skills
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the safe use of manufacturing equipment
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of quality control methods and procedures
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding and be able to run manufacturing machinery including drill presses, saws, grinders, lathes, and milling machines
- Set up and operate CNC equipment, evaluate the quality of completed parts determine the source of any quality error found