The Next Generation of Manufacturing Employees

Manufacturing works for Connecticut: It’s the key to good jobs and a bright future in the global, technology-driven economy. However, with a median age over 40, Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce is experiencing the effects of an aging population and is at a critical juncture. Manufacturers express general satisfaction with the graduates they hire. However, there are some entry-level workers who are lacking certain key skills. To address such shortcomings, Manchester Community College is committed to partnering with businesses and policy leaders to help create the next generation of manufacturing employees in the state, and ensure a skilled and available workforce and a vibrant future for manufacturing in Connecticut.

MCC has set up needed training for us and helped to get us funding to help defray the costs, as well.  The classes are usually taught by experts in the field and made our employees even ask for more training when done.

— Lois A. Krause
Capewell Components Co., LLC

Manufacturing Technology Programs
For more than a decade, MCC has developed academic and training programs that are responsive to the manufacturing needs of the region, with particular attention paid to those credit and non-credit training and retraining programs that provide direct entrance into the workforce. This includes support for existing and new programs in emerging and innovative areas.

Instructional Facilities
Students in MCC’s manufacturing programs use the college’s modern classrooms and well-equipped precision machining shop. Each of the classrooms is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning stations where students explore concepts and then put them into practice through computerized exercises. MCC’s machine shop has both conventional and CNC equipment, along with simulators and computers equipped with manufacturing-related software. Students routinely use AutoCAD, LabVIEW, Mastercam,  MATLAB and SolidWorks software. The machining lab equipment includes:

  • Bridgeport Vertical Mills (manual) with Digital Readouts (Tokmax 13-5)
  • Hardinge Surface Grinder (manual) model #612
  • Lathes (manual)
  • Haas Minimill (CNC) 4 Axis Machining Center
  • Haas Lathe (CNC) SL10 with Tool Pre-setter (Intuitive Programming Capability)
  • CMMs
  • Gauging Equipment for Measurement
  • Leitz Visual Inspection Unit
  • Scorbot-ER 4u Linear Slidebase Belt-Drive Robot
  • Tabletop ProLight 3-axis Machining Center
  • Benchman 3-axis Machining Center
  • ProLight Tabletop Turning Center
  • Dimension SST1200 Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Fischertechnik Kits (Programmable)

Manufacturing Faculty and Support Resources
Instructors in the manufacturing programs draw from their own education along with decades of experience in production, supervision, quality control inspection and general management. They share this wealth of knowledge and real-world experience with MCC’s students, who benefit from this dynamic blend of theoretical and practical instruction. Continuous collaboration between credit and non-credit faculty ensures that an effective blend of theory and practice are built into the programs MCC offers.

All MCC students – whether in credit or non-credit programs – have access to the full resources available at the college, including computer labs, tutoring center, job board, library, etc.

“Stackable” Credentials
MCC’s mix of credit and non-credit programs allows students to pursue ‘stackable’ industry-recognized credentials – coursework that, while standing alone, is also integrated into the full spectrum of manufacturing and technology programs. Stackable credentials provide flexibility for students to successfully pursue a pathway to a degree or to upgrade their skills to remain current in today’s manufacturing environment. This system offers ‘on’ and ‘off’ ramps into post-secondary education, and each credential earned increases students’ real value in the manufacturing workplace.  This method allows students to define their individual career goals and pursue an educational plan – coursework, a certificate, a degree – that positions them for their ideal job.

Custom Training For Your Business's Needs

MCC has made a commitment to employers and individuals in its 15-town service area to work as partners in economic and workforce development. This commitment can be seen through the college’s quality, cost-effective, customized job training programs that provide employers with training to meet their workforce needs. MCC also offers programs that help individuals prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce, as well as programs that help incumbent workers upgrade and enrich their skills. For information on a custom training program that will fit your business needs, contact Mick Pigott, Business & Industry Services Representative at 860-512-2815 or email

The Workforce You Need, When You Need It.


Cooperative education internships allow students to bridge the gap between classroom theory and on-the-job training in an actual work environment, while providing employers with part-time, temporary, entry level employees with a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to succeed.

Job Placement

MCC’s Career Services office and the college's Manufacturing Mentor can help local manufacturers find the employees that best fit their business needs.

Job Fairs

Three times each year, MCC hosts job fairs for area employers looking for full-time, part-time and summer help.

We Learn From the Best

Each of MCC's professional programs hosts a Program Advisory Council composed of representatives from employers and industry leaders who help the college to stay abreast of the workforce needs of its primary service area. These advisory boards help shape curricula and provide valuable feedback on the efficacy of the college's offerings, as well as the current conditions of the state's varied industries.

Represented in these councils are:

AdChem Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.

Forrest Machine, Inc.

Aero Gear, Inc.

Gateway Community College

ATI Stowe Machining

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Inc.

CNC Software, Inc. (Mastercam)

Phoenix Manufacturing

CT Business & Industry Association

Pratt & Whitney

CT Center for Advanced Technology

QuEST Global

CT Department of Transportation

Springfield Technical Community College

Flanagan Industries

Timken Aerospace Transmissions

Franklin Products

University of Connecticut, School of  Engineering


University of Hartford, College of Engineering & Architecture

Invest in the Future of Manufacturing

Employers can make a direct contribution to the next generation of manufacturing employees by funding a manufacturing scholarship at MCC.

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Last Update: January 07 2013
For additional information, call 860-512-2813.