The Manufacturing cluster is comprised of three majors - H.V.A.C., Machine Technology, and Metal Fabrication.

Heating/Ventilation, Air Conditioning

The students in HVAC develop the technical knowledge and skills that lead to career placement as an HVAC apprentice. Skills are developed through class theory and instructional labs covering the installation and service of a variety of equipment. Topics covered begin with hand and power tool safety and progress to refrigeration and piping practices, gas and oil heating systems, heat pumps, electrical troubleshooting, blueprint reading, heat load calculations, duct construction and green technologies. 

In addition, upon successful completion of the program, students receive 100 hours of Massachusetts electrical code training and over 100 hours of refrigeration theory. These hours can be applied to the Massachusetts refrigeration and/or oil burner technician requirements for licensure. Students will also have the opportunity to take section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act exam. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Machine Technology

The Machine Technology program combines the use of technical knowledge and hands-on experience in the manufacturing of products and the proper use of precision machines. Emphasis is placed on technical machine shop theory, knowledge and the use of lathes, saws, vertical and horizontal milling machines, surface and cylindrical grinders. 

In addition, applied machine shop mathematics, blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, knowledge and operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Vertical Machining Center (VMC) and CNC Lathe, FANUC Wire EDM, 4th Axis Machining will be studied. 

Practical and efficient use of Mastercam X7 design, mill, and lathe programming software will be used to complete real-world parts. Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional design, programming and machining and operation of coordinate measuring machine (CCM) and Tesa-Micro height units used for inspection and quality control (QC) will be covered. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Metal Fabrication

In the Metal Fabrication program students develop working skills in several fabricating fields. Training is accomplished with state-of-the-art equipment, including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) press brake forming, CNC precision punching, CNC precision plasma cutting, Computer Numberized Control spot welding and new Inverter multi-function welding machines. Welding disciplines also included are Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). 

The Metal Fabrication curriculum includes related math, blueprint reading, orthographic projection, parallel line development, triangulation and sciences associated with the above welding disciplines and completed by live industrial work situations. Students are trained to be certified in their chosen welding disciplines and are prepared to take various welding certification exams. 

In addition, through an articulation agreement, graduates of the program can apply to the Sheet Metal Local 17 & Local 63 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATC). Graduates who meet the standards for admission have the opportunity for accelerated advancement through the program. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

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