For more information about manufacturing at GCC:

Mark Rabinsky, Director of Workforce Development & Community Education
(413) 775-1611

Join us for an info session to learn more:

Upcoming dates

Monday 1/7 – 3:00pm-4:30pm
@ GCC Downtown

RSVP online

Out of work? In a job that pays too little? Wish you’d taken a vocational-technical pathway? It’s not too late! Take advantage of GCC’s manufacturing training. Scholarships are available for eligible participants. Register early to see if you qualify for available funding.


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    Foundational Manufacturing

    For students interested in exploring the world of manufacturing and learning the fundamentals that will prepare them for an entry level position in manufacturing, or as a precursor to the CNC Operator program.

    Applicants must meet minimum reading, math and mechanical aptitude requirements. Applicants are required to take computerized placement tests in these subjects prior to admission.

    This 4-week training program includes:

    • OSHA 10 General Industry
    • Manufacturing Math
    • Career Planning and Job Search Skills
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
    • Metrology

    To see when the next session is scheduled or to get on our waitlist, please visit our Foundational Manufacturing website.

    Students can take the following Manufacturing classes without being enrolled in the Foundational Manufacturing program:

    Request information
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    CNC Operator

    This 8-week accelerated training program prepares students for entry-level positions in:

    • CNC Mill & Lathe
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Manual Machine
    • CAD-CAM
    • CNC Programming with G-Code

    Classes held at Franklin County Technical School with a significant portion of the training dedicated to hands-on applications.

    Request information
  • Many engineering technology classes are offered as blended courses, which means that they can be taken either as non-credit or credit classes. Credit classes can be applied towards GCC’s one-year certificate in Engineering Technology.

  • I’m interested in your manufacturing program. Where do I begin?

    Your first step is to attend an information and application session (upcoming dates are listed on the left of this page), or to request information from our office so we can match you with available programs. Admission to all of our programs requires the completion of an application and math, literacy and mechanical aptitude assessments.

    Which manufacturing program is right for me?

    The Foundational Manufacturing Program is required to participate in the CNC Operator Training. Individual Engineering Technology classes can be taken each semester for credit or non-credit. Online Manufacturing classes are available. Click here to register

    What is the cost of classes?

    Many applicants are sponsored by community partners for the $1200 Foundational Manufacturing Program and the $3200 CNC Operator TrainingAttend an Information and Application Session to see if you qualify. You are strongly encouraged to apply early for available funding.

    When do classes begin?

    We have sessions beginning regularly. Attend an info session to find out when our next series of classes begins, and if you qualify.

    Is a CORI check required to participate?

    We require applicants to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check for our manufacturing trainings. For more information please contact Laura Earl, Staff Assistant, Student & Academic Affairs at (413) 775-1816.

    I haven’t been in school in a while and my math is a little shaky. Will that be a problem?

    Applicants must meet minimum reading, math and mechanical aptitude requirements. Applicants are required to take computerized placement tests in these subjects prior to admission. GCC’s Testing Center provides test preparation services and is a great resource for practice test links and tips.


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