Gain practical manufacturing skills in our Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship program.
Get the skills you need to succeed in advanced manufacturing, while earning college credit. You can enroll in this hands-on apprenticeship program without an employer sponsor.
It includes three levels, which you can learn about below or by downloading this program flyer.
MEC 1020 Manufacturing Processes (2 credits)
This hands-on course with a strong focus on safety and skilled operation introduces the student to a wide variety of manufacturing processes. Although heavily focused on traditional machine tools (lathes, mills, grinders, etc.), it also explores the processes of casting, welding, molding, and industrial cutting (plasma, water-jet, laser). The student works in a small group to produce functional products using today’s manufacturing standards.
MEC 1011 Design Communication I/SolidWorks (2 credits)
This course provides a basic understanding of the principles and technology of mechanical drawing and computer modeling as methods of documenting and communicating mechanical designs. It covers the concepts of geometric construction and orthographic, sectional, auxiliary, and assembly views and introduces dimensioning methods and types of fasteners. The student gains basic proficiency in using a solid parametric three-dimensional CAD program to build parts, assemblies, and detailed working drawings.
MEC 1060 Metrology & Inspection (3 credits)
This course explores the fundamental concepts of modern dimensional metrology and related inspection techniques. Topics include the language and system of measurement; tolerances; metrology; statistics of metrology; measurement with graduated scales and scaled instruments; Vernier instruments; micrometer instruments; the development and use of gage blocks; measurement by comparison and high-amplitude comparators; pneumatic measurement; and calibration.
MEC 2040 Computer Aided Technology (2 credits)
In this course, the student learns G-code programming of machine tools and learns to use computer-aided manufacturing software to generate toolpaths, which are then translated into G-code programs. CNC machine tool set-up and operation are key components and CAD software is used extensively. Other technologies, such as waterjet, laser cutter, and additive manufacturing, may be covered.
This training is fully grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Design Communication: August 27–December 3, 2020 (Thursdays, 4:30–8:30 p.m., plus five Saturday labs)
Metrology & Inspection: December 10, 2020–March 11, 2021 (Thursdays, 4:30–8:30 p.m.)
Computer Aided Technology: March 18–June 17, 2021 (Thursdays, 4:30–8:30 p.m.)
Vermont Tech Williston Campus