Higher-ed programs for manufacturers in Central Massachusetts

Ordered alphabetically by programs available in Central Massachusetts

Fitchburg State University, Industrial Technology Department*
Conlon Building, Room 209, Fitchburg 01420
978-665-3255 • www.fitchburgstate.edu
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
chairperson, 978-665-3050, skaul@fitchburgstate.edu Diane Whitham
administrative assistant, 978-665-3255, dwhitham@fitchburgstate.edu
Mount Wachusett Community College
27 Jackson Road, Devens 01434
978-630-9569 • mwcc.edu/academics/ noncredit/manufacturing
Career training for unemployed and incumbent workers through non-credit and Workforce Training Fund grant programs; quality and lean systems, leadership, automation, robotics, CNC operation with CAM, design with CAD and more

Collaboration: Technical instruction for registered apprenticeship programs for group leader/ supervision, maintenance and quality technicians for area employers; Central Region Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, a state-funded partnership between the MassHire Workforce Boards, community colleges and other education providers and industry groups

Lab(s) and equipment: Automation cell with an integrated robot, two additional FANUC robots and associated electrical, sensor, pneumatic and plastics systems trainers; CAD lab; training at Devens facility and employer sites
Brian Pena
manufacturing training programs,
978-630-9952, bpena1@mwcc.mass.edu Colleen Clark
workforce training fund programs,
978-630-9242, crjos2@mwcc.mass.edu
Quinsigamond Community College
670 W. Boylston St., Worcester 01606
508-853-2300 • www.qcc.edu
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; project-based learning supports up to seven nationally-recognized credentials

Lab(s) and equipment: Operation and maintenance of electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems and more; HTEC CNC Center with Haas machine tools, portable CMMs from Faro and stand-alone CMM from Hexagon metrology, Fanuc robots and CAD/CAM software; FABLab connected maker space offers 3D printing, prototyping, design and manufacturing equipment
Lee Duerden manufacturing@qcc.mass.edu
Worcester Polytechnic Institute*
100 Institute Road, Worcester 01609
508-831-5000 • www.wpi.edu
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://wp.wpi.edu/mpi/ https://web.wpi.edu/academics/me/IMDC/ http://www.dryingresearch.org/ https://wp.wpi.edu/betc/
WPI & Manufacturing USA*
100 Institute Road, Worcester 01609-2280
508-831-5000 • 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 508-831-5916, ajbaron@wpi.edu

Source: College websites

N/A = not available.

*Data from 2018 survey

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