Higher-ed programs for manufacturers in Central Massachusetts

Ordered alphabetically by programs available in Central Massachusetts

Automation, Robotics and Quality Programs at Mount Wachusett Community College

27 Jackson Road,
Devens 01434

mwcc.edu/academics/ noncredit/manufacturing
Initiative to enhance regional economic development by providing employers with workers that have proven training, skills and knowledge for a sector that is integral to dynamic regional growth.

Collaboration: Quality training program offers Lean Sigma Yellow Belt, automation and robotics training program, certificate in FANUC robots

Lab(s) and equipment: Multiple labs with three Fanatic robots and three 3D printers
Program director
Fitchburg State University, Industrial Technology Department

Conlon Building, Room 209, Fitchburg 01420

Programs in electronics engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology

Collaboration:Internship opportunities available

Lab(s) and equipment: Robotics and automated manufacturing lab, materials testing facilities, wood and metal fabrication facilities
Sanjay Kaul

Diane Whitham
administrative assistant
Quinsigamond Community College

670 W. Boylston St., Worcester 01606

Community college offers over 50 associate degree programs and 40 certificate programs including engineering and technology, CAD/ CAM, IT/IS, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and photonics

Collaboration:The Manufacturing Technology program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the field of advanced manufacturing with a focus on materials and manufacturing processes, quality systems in modern industry and safe working practices

Lab(s) and equipment: Operation and maintenance of electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems and more; CNC machine tools and CAD/CAM software; FABLab connected maker space offers 3D printing, prototyping, design and manufacturing equipment
Lee Duerden
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Road, Worcester 01609

Several collaborative alliances between WPI research centers and industry

Collaboration:The Metals Processing Institute and its three centers work to advance research, solve business challenges, and promote materials science partnerships

The Integrative Materials Design Center is dedicated to advancing sustainable materials-process- component design and manufacturing for better performance, reliability and recyclability

The Center for Advanced Research in Drying is devoted to research in drying of moist, porous materials including food, agricultural products, forestry products, chemical products, textiles and biopharmaceuticals

Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC)offers training
and workshops designed for individuals and companies looking for a competitive advantage in the biotech market

Lab(s) and equipment: HAAS Technical Education Center high-tech showroom and facilities to conceive, design, and create CNC-machined parts for projects
Research center links:



http://www.dryingresearch.org/ https://wp.wpi.edu/betc/
WPI & Manufacturing USA

100 Institute Road,
Worcester 01609-2280
www.wpi.edu/news/wpi- play-critical-role-national-manufacturing-initiative
Member of eight of the 14 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines. The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA, “connects people, ideas, and technology to solve industry-relevant advanced manufacturing challenges. Its goals are to enhance industrial competitiveness, increase economic growth, and strengthen U.S. national security."

Collaboration:WPI is a participating member in eight Manufacturing USA institutes; each institute is awarded $70 million in federal funds, which must be matched with non- federal support

Lab(s) and equipment: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), Advanced Integrated Manufacturing in Photonics (AIM), Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation (CESMI), Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID), National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing and Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE), Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM)
Andy Baron
senior manager of trade communications

Source: College websites

N/A = not available.

Compiled by: Stephanie R. Meagher, smeagher@nebusinessmedia.com