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Manufacturing

Program Description

The Manufacturing program offers students the opportunity to experience the latest technology in the industry. Students learn the use of lathes, millers, surface grinders, Computerized Numerical Control (C.N.C.) machines, electrical discharge machines, and heat-treating. Students graduating from the Manufacturing program at the Windham Regional Career Center are prepared for entry-level positions in the field and to continue their education at the college level.

Level I

The Manufacturing Level I program is an in-depth project based course that introduces students to the field of manufacturing. Students learn through hands-on activities by designing and manufacturing projects of their choice. Instruction includes shop safety, measuring tools, design through 3D modeling software, speeds and feeds, cutting tools, metal composition, blueprint reading, manual machining on mills and lathes, additive manufacturing, quality control, hand and power tools. There is additionally a focus on students obtaining appropriate 21st century skills. This course offers the opportunity for students to earn college credit.

Prerequisites: Students will need to have completed the equivalent credits to place them at the 11th grade level upon the time they enter the program. This means students need to have successfully completed a minimum two years of high school English; two years of high school math including Algebra and Geometry, two years of Social Studies, one year of science, physical education and health requirements. Or the permission from the WRCC director to apply.

Students must have completed at least one core general education high school Math course related to the pathway with a grade of 70 or better before they are eligible to apply for a program/pathway.

This course may also be offered for college credit.

Level II

In the Manufacturing Level II program, students gain additional skills in manual machining and are introduced to writing and understanding G and M code for C.N.C machine programming. The goal of this program is to prepare students to enter the workforce in an entry-level position or to give them a foundational start towards a post high school degree in manufacturing or engineering.

Prerequisites: Manufacturing I with a 75% or better, Instructor recommendation

Clubs and Activities

SKILLS-Preparing for leadership in the world of work.

SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. Skills provide education programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation's classrooms.

Your Instructor

Richard Thompson

I've been in the industry for forty years. I have owned a contract manufacturing business and currently still own and operate a small prototype shop.

I was looking for a new opportunity and had stumbled across an advertisement for this teaching position and thought I would like to try it. I'm heading into my third year and I'm pretty darn happy!