Keyed to New Employer Needs
Fall Registration Going On Now.
BRIDGEPORT- Housatonic Community College has unveiled a two-certificate Advanced Manufacturing Program for its new regional manufacturing center.
The program, which is accepting applications now for the Fall, 2012 semester, will prepare students for advanced manufacturing positions that include machine operator, CNC (Computer Numeric Control) operator, CNC programmer, assembler, and Quality Control inspector. These can pay in the $15-$20 per-hour range.
“Manufacturing in the area and the nation is leading economic growth,” said Bill Griffin, HCC’s academic coordinator, who spearheaded the drive for the new manufacturing center and the program. “Through the application of state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers are more competitive and they need to hire more skilled workers with advanced manufacturing skills.” HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program is designed to meet this industry need.
The new equipment that will be installed in the center will enable students to gain experience operating both manual and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment with Fanuc, Siemens, and Haas controls.
The year-long program, which requires a 35-hour-per-week commitment from students, will lead to two certificates, a basic manufacturing certificate and an advanced manufacturing certificate. Both certificate tracks are financial-aid eligible.
The 16-credit basic manufacturing certificate courses will be offered during the Fall semester while the 18-credit advanced manufacturing certificate courses will be offered in the Spring.
The basic manufacturing certificate track includes courses in Computer Aided Design (CAD), blueprint reading; drill, press and saw operation; grinding; bench work; lathe operation; milling; and CNC. While providing the foundation to pursue the advanced manufacturing certificate, the basic certificate will also include training in math for manufacturing, lean manufacturing, metrology, computer applications, and careers in manufacturing.
The advanced certificate will include advanced courses in manufacturing math and blueprint reading; principles of quality control; and advanced manufacturing machinery courses in lathe operation, milling, and CNC.
During the Fall semester, students can chose from two schedules. Students will spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in the manufacturing lab with hands-on projects. Students will be given an assessment to determine their math and language skills. Students needing a refresher will be given access to the college’s math and language resources.
Registration for the Fall semester is going on now. Students may register at www.housatonic.edu. through Friday, Aug. 31 and by fax, mail, or dropping off a registration form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Friday, Aug. 17. Students may also register in person at the Registrar’s office (B109, Lafayette Hall), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. ‑ 4 p.m., through Wednesday, Aug. 22 (Monday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Formal late registration session will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 27, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – Noon. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088. Fall semester classes start Wednesday, Aug. 29.