MCC holds open house for Precision Machining Certificate Program

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
MCC instructor Ed Dombroski demonstrates a typical machining project that the students will be asked to create. Photo by Lisa Stone.
MCC instructor Ed Dombroski demonstrates a typical machining project that the students will be asked to create. Photo by Lisa Stone.

Manchester Community College hosted an open house on Aug. 8 to provide information to students interested in the Precision Machining Certificate Program.

“There were approximately 30 people that showed up for the open house. They were all ages and walks of life,” said Ed Dombroski, the co-coordinator for the machining program. “We get the students ready for a broad range of entry-level CNC jobs,” he said, referring to the acronym for “Computer Numerical Control.” “In this section of the program, students will learn setup and tooling, programming simple parts, utilization of canned drilling cycles, special milling cycles and cutter compensation,” Dombroski said.

The program is a 600-hour course. The students will learn manufacturing skills such as reading blueprints, measurements, Lean manufacturing, safety procedures, shop math and other key skills related to a machining career.

In Connecticut, the typical manufacturing job pays approximately 9 percent higher than other general workers, according to MCC. The average pay is $52,000 a year and usually comes with benefits. There are 5,500 manufacturing firms in the state. According to MCC, “Manufacturing output has a history of out-performing the rest of the economy.”

Dennis Gareau is the co-instructor for the Precision Machining program. He has worked in the manufacturing field for his entire adult life. “We have a great program here. Ed Dombroski and I have been in this field for decades and we have a lot of experience to bring to the table,” said Gareau. “When the students leave our program, they will be able to start their own manufacturing career.”

“The students make several samples of techniques that they will learn in the class. We get materials donated by Triumph Machine Tool Builder in Farmington. We always appreciate their generosity. The materials they donate are used for projects by the students,” said Dombroski.

The program starts Sept. 12 and runs for two semesters at the MCC campus. Students would be eligible for graduation in May of 2014. This course runs Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Scholarships may be available. For more information, call MCC at 860-512-2813.


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