Posted by Richard Naumann on Jan 16, 2018
Presented by Steve LaPointe, Director

The Eastern Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

Supporting students and businesses from the Quiet Corner all the way to the shoreline, the new QVCC 10,00 sqft. AMTC provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and also a location for area manufacturers with customized training needs. The Center includes a machine lab, mechatronics and metrology labs, classroom, conference space and offices.

Steve LaPointe, right, spoke to the Putnam Rotary Club Jan 16, about the QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Center. He is the center's director. Putnam Rotary Club president Rick Place is on the left.


Start Your New Career in Less than a Year!

manufacturing centerHave you always wondered how things worked? And how to make them work better? Are you considering a degree in Engineering? Maybe you want to change your career path or start your own business. Then you’re ready for a CAREER in Advanced Manufacturing!

Advanced Manufacturing is a world of innovation utilizing new technologies, software, automation and cutting edge materials.  After completing our two semester certificate  you will have the skills needed to meet the demand of business and industry right here in our local community.

Completion of the two-semester, 34-credit program will enable you to:
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  • Read and create blueprints while gaining understanding of parametric design through Solidworks
  • Be skilled in using computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to control, manipulate and manage precision tool production.
  • Understand basic metrology and precision measurement.
  • Receive paid internship opportunities of up to $14/hour and job placement support.
  • Earn up to 4 National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials in: Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout; Measurement, Materials & Safety; CNC Milling Operator; and CNC Lathe Operator.
  • Have the opportunity to transfer 30 credits towards an A.S. in Technology Studies

What is Mechatronics?
The word mechatronics describes a field that combines mechanics and electronics. The technology is used to create automated processes that operate with minimal human intervention, freeing workers from routine tasks.

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What is an automation technician?

  • Automation technicians will usually assist the design, development and engineering staff, as well as work closely with others to install, maintain, modify and repair mechatronic systems, equipment and component parts.
  • Graduates from the Mechatronics Automation Technician Certificate have the opportunity to transfer 30 credits to an A.S. in Technology Studies.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the median salary for experienced electro-mechanical technicians is $53,340 per year or $25.65 per hour.