Manufacturing Technology at PATHS prepares high school juniors and seniors for skilled jobs in Maine in growing fields where many jobs are currently unfilled because of the lack of trained personnel. Students learn skills that enable them to visualize and sketch a product, create a virtual model using a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, produce a prototype on a 3D printer, and manufacture the precision finished product in a variety of materials, including aluminum and steel. Juniors learn how to safely operate 3D printers, lathes, vertical mills, vertical and horizontal bandsaws, and precision grinders, and are introduced to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operation and programming. Seniors design and manufacture a major project, and are introduced to Industrial Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing. Recent senior projects include building an aluminum 3-wheeled HPV (Human-Powered Vehicle) based on a metric design from Denmark, and designing and building a 3D printer using 3D printed parts.
NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Precision Machining Technology textbook, online classes from Tooling University and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Mathematics for Machine Technology.
National Institute for MetalWorking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 Certifications
NOCTI Precision Machining Certificate
ToolingU Certificates of Completion
SolidWorks (Computer Aided Design) CSWA (Mechanical Design Associate)
Southern Maine Community College (4 credits)
Central Maine Community College
York County Community College.
Statewide Articulation Agreements:
Central Maine Community College: PMT-101 (3 credits)
Kennebec Valley Community College: PMT-101 (3 credits)
Northern Maine Community College: MTT-106 (4 credits)
Southern Maine Community College: MACH-105 (4 credits)
York County Community College: PMT-110 (4 credits)
Manufacturing Technology provides an excellent foundation for careers in the rapidly evolving world of Advanced Manufacturing, including Engineering, Precision Machining, CNC Programming, Additive Manufacturing, and Industrial Robotics. Graduates of the program are employed by a variety of Maine manufacturers, are currently working for Multinational Aerospace companies including Boeing and Pratt and Whitney, and were part of the Space Shuttle program at NASA.
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