Working toward an
ultimate goal

This summer, Eric Pechinsky, now a senior at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, worked in Cambridge at the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America headquarters.

“I got to see how they developed the fibers and put LED chips in them, and I got to
analyze the defects in them to make them come out more consistent and work consistently,” he said.

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America

Location: Cambridge
College affiliation: multiple
Founded: 2017
Purpose: To transform fibers, yarns and textiles into high-tech integrated and networked devices and systems

The high school is now working with AFFOA and other partners to create a pilot curriculum focusing on advanced fabrics.

Eric Pechinsky

Pechinsky said he hasn’t been convinced a career in fabrics is for him, but he’s looking at a different kind of manufacturing: working in robotics for a military contractor like Raytheon. Like other participants in Manufacturing USA programs, he said he’ll take what he learned with him as he moves toward his ultimate goals.

“It was really cool to see the whole process behind how everything is done,” he said.