21st Century Manufacturing Technology


Have mechanical aptitude? Interested in technology? Want not only a job but a career? Then MCC’s manufacturing programs could be your first step toward a successful future.

In MCC’s manufacturing programs, you’ll learn the skills needed in today’s high-tech manufacturing environment. You’ll have computerized classroom instruction using the latest software and hands-on practice in our machine shop. And you’ll learn from instructors that have decades of experience in the field and who give students real-world examples. Our classes are small and our programs are thorough. Our graduates have the marketable knowledge and expertise that make them attractive hires for local employers.

According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, one in eight Connecticut manufacturers expects their workforce to grow in excess of 10 percent by 2018. By the end of 2015, manufacturers will be hiring mostly full-time employees, and there will be part-time positions available, too. Manufacturers express concerns about finding and attracting skilled labor. The top five most difficult positions to fill?

  • Tool and die makers
  • CNC programmers
  • CAD/CAM technicians
  • CNC machinists
  • Engineers

Many high-paying manufacturing jobs go unfilled because there is a shortage of workers that have this training. Recognizing the opportunities available to students and the important role that manufacturing plays in our country, Manchester Community College offers the sort of instruction that prepares you not just for a job but for a career.

With a low student-to-instructor ratio, the instructional team is able to carefully monitor your progress and your growth. The college is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive preparation so you can hit the ground running once you're hired.

Manufacturing Programs

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.

Non-credit Certificates

Through its Continuing Education division, MCC offers a wide variety of non-credit certificate programs that focus on the occupational skills needed to secure employment. A student who successfully completes the program receives a certificate of completion for the work.

Students in certain non-credit precision machining courses may earn up to 15 college credits for their work, and these credits are directly transferrable into the college’s degree or certificate programs below.

Credit Certificates

MCC also offers programs of a shorter duration that focus on developing and strengthening occupational skills in each area of study, resulting in the award of a certificate. The certificate programs range from 6 to 30 credits, and some may be completed in as little as one semester. Certificate programs are specialized curricula designed to equip students with the skills and educational background needed to get a job after graduation. Although certificate programs include course work that can be transferred, those programs are not intended specifically for the purpose of transfer. Each certificate career program represents a briefer, concentrated period of study in a specific discipline.

Credit A.S. Degrees

Associate degree programs prepare the student for work or for transfer, with advanced standing, to colleges or universities where studies will be continued toward a bachelor’s degree. MCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and credits earned in MCC courses can be transferred to colleges and universities all over the country. The college’s occupational programs prepare graduates for entry-level employment in positions that require foundational knowledge and practical skills, while transfer programs are equivalent to the first two years of study for a bachelor’s degree.

Manufacturing Classrooms and Labs

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.

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 a credit or non-credit program – have access to the full resources available at the college, including computer labs, tutoring center, job board, library, etc.

The Precision Machining Program at MCC was the turning point in my life. It opened my eyes to the career field that is CNC manufacturing and helped me fall in love with the different aspects of precision CNC manufacturing. Without this program I would not be where I am today, which is climbing the ladder quickly within a major aerospace manufacturer. I owe everything I have now to the Precision Machining program and hope it does the same for many more people, considering the growing need for good CNC entry-level employees.

— Tyler Ferron

Tyler Ferron is a graduate from the MCC Precision Machining Certificate program who successfully obtained a position as a vertical turret lathe operator with a large aerospace company in Manchester.

From High School to High-Quality Jobs

The manufacturing and technology programs at MCC provide a clear pathway from high school through to a bachelor’s degree and beyond. Students in high school can explore a future in manufacturing and technology through the College Career Pathways Program, where they can earn up to 14 college credits by the completion of their senior year.  Once at MCC, they have the option of enrolling in the College of Technology Pathway Transfer programs, which articulate with both UConn and the CT State Universities.  Students in non-credit precision machining courses may earn up to 12 college credits for their work, and these credits are directly transferrable into the college’s degree programs, as well.

By entering the workforce with both an associate and bachelor’s degree, along with the hands-on experience these programs provide, students are poised to obtain high-paying, high-tech positions.

College Career Pathways Program

The College Career Pathways program is a combined secondary and post-secondary educational program that allows students in high school to obtain advanced standing by earning college credits in certain business, occupational and technology courses at MCC. This is a formal articulation program between MCC and a consortium of area high schools. Students who take the College Career Pathways courses at their high schools in the 11th and 12th grades have the opportunity to earn up to 14 college credits by the end of their senior year of high school. Upon successfully completing the high school portion of the program and earning a diploma, the student can complete the program at MCC.

College Career Pathway students must meet the same college level standards that are expected of students attending MCC. Please contact the Admissions office or a high school guidance counselor for application information.

Enrolling in a Manufacturing Program

Admissions and Registration

The admissions and registration processes for the college's non-credit and credit manufacturing programs vary.

  • Those students interested in pursing a credit degree or certificate should apply for admission to the college and consult the current college catalog for specific requirements applicable to each individual program.
  • Students who wish to take a non-credit manufacturing course or enroll in a non-credit certificate program can start by meeting with a member of the college's manufacturing team.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees for the college's non-credit and credit manufacturing programs vary, as well.

  • Non-credit Program Tuition and Fees - the specific cost for each program can be found on its curriculum page through the links above
  • Credit Program Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Often there are grants available to help offset tuition costs for non-credit programs. To find out more, call the Business and Industry Services Office at 860-512-2813 and ask to speak to a program coordinator.

Students enrolled in a manufacturing degree or certificate program for credit may be eligible for federal or state financial aid.

Finding the Right Job — For You

The manufacturing internship is the capstone of the non-credit certificate programs. This experience provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge and lab experience in an actual work setting. The length of the internship varies. It is preceded by preparatory classes in which students work on their resumes and other job-getting materials and are taught effective interviewing skills. After the internship, students are provided with coaching so that they learn from their internship experience and enhance their skills as they begin their job search. Some of the companies that have hosted MCC interns include:

Aircraft Welding and Manufacturing

Mazak Corporation

CNC Software, Inc. (Mastercam)

Pegasus Manufacturing

CT Center for Advanced Technology

Phoenix Manufacturing

Connecticut Tool

Pratt and Whitney

Conval, Inc.

QuEST Global

Emhart Glass Manufacturing

Reliable Manufacturing

Forrest Machine

Taylor and Fenn


Westinghouse Electric

Hamilton Sundstrand

Whitcraft, Inc.

Horst Engineering and Manufacturing

Winslow Automatic

Jacobs Vehicle Systems


While an internship is not required in the credit certificate and degree programs, students interested in gaining on-the-job experience before they graduate are encouraged to contact the Cooperative Education office to explore both paid and unpaid work experience opportunities.

Job Placement
MCC’s graduates from both credit and non-credit programs have been successful in securing well-paying, high-tech jobs. Area employers who have hired MCC graduates include:


Kamatics Corporation

AcuCut Manufacturing

E.A. Patten Company

Advance Mold

Permasteelisa Group

Aerodyne Alloys

Primary Cutter

Beacon Industries

Progress, Inc.

C & W Machine

PTI Industries

Connecticut Tool

QuEST Global

Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Randstand USA

Fiberoptics Technology, Inc.

Reliable Manufacturing

Flanagan Industries

Richards Machining

Forrest Machine

Spartan Aerospace

Franklin Products

TOMZ Corporation

J.F. Fredericks Tool Co.

TurboCare Airfoil

GE Aerospace

Vision Molding

Hisco Pump, Inc.

Whitcraft, Inc.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems

In addition to the invaluable connections made through co-op and internship positions, students may also use the college’s Career Services department, which assists in making connections between students and prospective employers, through workshops, job fairs, job banks, résumé review and individual career counseling.

A Bachelor's Degree — and Beyond!

College of Technology: Pathway Transfer Programs

A.S. degree programs in Engineering Science and Technology Studies provide the pathways within the Connecticut College of Technology transfer programs into the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut State University System, Fairfield University, the University of Hartford and the University of New Haven. Students may enter university engineering and technology programs through the MCC A.S. degree programs in engineering and technology and, upon successful completion of the programs, continue on at the University of Connecticut or the Connecticut State University System as third-year students with a full two years of credit towards a bachelor's degree in engineering, engineering technology or industrial technology. MCC also provides the opportunity for students who complete the engineering and technology programs to transfer their credits to bachelor's degree programs at other colleges and universities with which the college has transfer agreements.

For more information, please contact one of MCC's College of Technology coordinators:

Catherine Seaver, Director, Business, Engineering & Technology Division
Mehrdad Faezi. Professor, Engineering & Technology
Steven Moore, Associate Professor, Engineering & Technology

Getting Started

To get more information about MCC's 21st Century Manufacturing Technology programs, contact:

Non-credit Manufacturing Programs
Ed Dombroski
Manufacturing Mentor
860-512-2814 • edombroski@mcc.commnet.edu

Credit Manufacturing Programs
Catherine Seaver, Director
Business, Engineering & Technology Division
860-512-2623 • cseaver@mcc.commnet.edu

Last Update: July 31 2014
For additional information, call 860-512-2813.