Connecticut Community College Strengthens Manufacturing Statewide
During the 20 years since the founding of the Advanced Manufacturing program at
Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, well over 10,000 people have participated in their programs. That number includes incumbent workers from companies across the state for training in advanced manufacturing operations.
Today, some 50,000 square feet of space at the college is dedicated to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, housing dozens of CNC machine tools including machining and turning centers with up to 5-axis capabilities, as well as machines for electrical discharge machining (EDM), plasma cutting, water jet cutting, 3D printing, and sheet metal fabrication, along with 60 booths for teaching welding operations.
From the very outset, Asnuntuck has developed a close working relationship with employers across Connecticut. They advise what types of machines they use, as well as the CNC software they prefer. As a result, the school has dozens of Bridgeport® CNC machining centers and Hardinge® CNC turning centers on the shop floor; in all, they have more than 90 machine tools available to the students. They also have 100 computers networked in four labs, with 25 seats of Mastercam in each lab.
In addition to providing an education for the school’s own students, Asnuntuck Community College also responds to the needs of many of the smaller companies doing subcontracting work for the big firms. They send employees to Asnuntuck Community College to take advantage of the training capabilities of the Advanced Manufacturing program.
These companies discuss in detail with the Tech Center’s team the skills required for the specific jobs to be performed by their employees. The school also sends instructors from the Advanced Manufacturing program to many of the larger companies to teach their employees right at the plant. In the same manner, discussions are held with the companies’ managers and supervisors, and lesson plans are developed for the on-site instruction sessions.