Advanced Manufacturing Program


The Advanced Manufacturing program at HHS Dean Campus is a Chapter 74 approved program that provides students the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of Advanced Manufacturing.  The four-year Advanced Manufacturing program incorporates all six strands of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks and is designed to provide students with foundational skills that includes operation of a lathe, milling machine, grinder, and drill press.  As students increase their skills they advance to organizing and running complex jobs using 3D printing and CNC machines.

With safety a top priority, students are instructed on safety practices from the first day of class and earn OSHA 10 certification by the junior year.  Along with safety, students receive instruction in such things as blueprint reading, quality control, and process planning.  Incorporating embedded math, reading and writing, and engineering, allows students to see the interconnectedness of vocational training and academic courses that leads to an understanding of the holistic nature of vocational education.

Recognizing that students need more than technical skills and knowledge to experience success in the workplace, students at Dean study employability skills that include mock interviews, time management strategies and workplace communication, as well as topics in management, marketing, and entrepreneurship for those thinking about their own businesses.  The curriculum is rounded out with an overview of technological skills that includes presentation software, spreadsheet preparation, Google and 365 platforms, and other commonly used business applications.

Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through the management and production of diverse projects in the fully equipped, modern and professional shop that houses the Advance Manufacturing program at Dean.  This real-world application, guided by instructors and within the learning environment, prepares students for senior year when eligible students are able to participate in Cooperative Education or Internship placements in area businesses.

Career Opportunities 

  • Machine Operator                               
  • CNC Operator                                   
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • CNC Programmer                                 
  • Quality Control Technician          
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Product Tester                                      
  • Industrial Engineer                          
  • Product Engineer
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