Advanced Manufacturing

(2014-2015 Catalog) Course Selection Guide for this program

Manufacturing Certificate: Basic Manufacturing: Machine Technology Level I (code: EJ83)   


Advanced Manufacturing Program

The Southwestern Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Center, established at Housatonic Community College in 2012, is part of a statewide initiative to provide skilled employees for the growing manufacturing industry.

The Advanced Manufacturing Program, which consists of two certificates, Basic Level I and Advanced Level II, is an intense thirty-five hour per week, thirty-four college credits* program designed to provide students with the 21st century manufacturing skills needed by today's manufacturers. Students can choose between a day and night schedule.

Admission to the Program

All students need to complete the program information package and admissions process. Admission to the program is selective and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the most current Advanced Manufacturing Program application requirements and paperwork. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a grade of "C" in each program course for progression in the program. Students must complete the Level I Certificate before taking the Level II Certificate. For more information, please contact the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing program, Michael Gugger.

The Basic Manufacturing: Machine Level I Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with essential entry-level skills in manufacturing. This certificate combines theory and hands-on practice. Students will receive a thorough grounding in CAD, blueprint reading I, manufacturing machining. Courses include drill-press and saw, grinding, bench-work, lathe I, milling I, and CNC I. Students will spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in hands-on activities in the new Advanced Manufacturing Center.

The student who completes this program will be able to:


  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the use of AutoCAD
  • Read and understand blueprints
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the safe use of all manufacturing equipment
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the operation of and be able to run manufacturing machinery including drill presses, saws, grinders, lathes, and milling machines
  • Write programs for simple parts for CNC machinery

Suggested Sequence of Courses:
Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

  CAD* E110
Course Title : Introduction to CAD    
  MFG* E124
Blueprint Reading I    
  MFG* E151
Manufacturing Machinery – Drill Press and Saw    
  MFG* E152
Manufacturing Machinery – Grinding    
  MFG* E153
Manufacturing Machinery – Benchwork    
  MFG* E154
Manufacturing Machinery – Lathe I    
  MFG* E155
Manufacturing Machinery – Milling I    
  MFG* E156
Manufacturing Machinery – CNC I    

Total Credits 


* Additional non-credit courses are included in the curriculum. For the Basic Level I Certificate these include: Manufacturing Math I (MFT E5008), Intro to Lean Manufacturing (MFT E5009), Metrology (MFT 5010), Computer Applications (MFT E5011), and Career Awareness (MFT E 5012).

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