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Connecticut offers an exciting array of careers in manufacturing. Want to know that you are contributing and have a part in the production of something vital to our everyday lives? The Connecticut Department of Labor projects a 2% growth in the total number of production jobs that will be available by 2024, a total of nearly 2000 positions that will need qualified employees. The average wage in these positions is $20,48/hour. Frontline supervisors, machinists, computer numeric controlled machine operators and programmers are all high growth demand opportunities. Inspectors, testers and quality technicians are also in demand. Whether you want to launch a new production career or expand your current opportunities for advancement, NVCC has resources to support your goal.

Program Overview

Blueprint Reading I & II*
An introduction to blueprint reading with a study of orthographic projection. Topics include lines and their uses, auxiliary views, sectional views, basic and special dimensioning, dimensioning practices for holes, chamfers, angles, tapers, keyways diameters and radii. Your study will continue is level II. There will be an in-depth study of individual feature types as well as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT). Emphasis will be on design intent as well as many options for producing and inspecting designed parts.

Gain an introductory understanding of two-dimensional computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD. The course will include drawing and editing of elementary geometric entities and dimensioning and plotting. Mechanical drafting problems and examples will be studied to reinforce learning.

CNC Basic & Intermediate*
This CNC machining and programming course includes: Cartesian coordinates, safe use of CNC equipment, setup and operation of a two-axis CNC lathe and a three-axis CNC machining center, programming and runoff parts. Students will program simple parts for aCNC lathe using a conversational control and parts in G code language for a CNC vertical machining center. CNC Intermediate will take the next step in building CNC knowledge and skills. Learn accurate 2 and 3 axis lathe and milling methods. Haas Mill and Lathe programming and MasterCam software will be used in class. In addition you will be introduced to laser and plasma processes with CNC programming.

EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) Basic & Intermediate*
EDM is commonly used in tool, die and mold making industries. Learn basic terminology, operation and maintenance of the Wire EDM as a foundation for additional modules that will increase your understanding of and skills in this important metal cutting technology. Through hands-on operation of the Wire EDM machine and discussion with your peers you will expand your understanding of and skills for various applications of this important machining process. Class sizes are small to provide ample machine time.

Manufacturing Math I & II*
Gain the knowledge to apply mathematics and its applications in the manufacturing environment. Learn fractions, decimals, tolerances, percentages, power and roots, metric system, positioning, ratios and proportions. Level II is a further study of arithmetic and trigonometric operations applied to manufacturing circumstances. Study the circle, regular and irregular polygons, the right triangle, and oblique triangle in detail. Learn the application of angular arithmetic including decimal conversion, the Pythagorean theorem, Sin, Cos, and Tan Functions, and the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines.

Metal Forming Design - Eyelet Theory*
This course is designed to provide the essential theory of metal forming. Explore the characteristics and uses of various forming materials and carbides. Join our expert instructor and earn the learn the basic principles of blank calculations, layouts, punch and die radius, quoting, tonnage requirements and troubleshooting.

Metrology Basics*
This course will introduce the technology of measurement and provide hands-on practice with a variety of measurement devices including: calipers, micrometers, scales, height stands, surface plates, thread gauges, indicator stands, depth micrometers, dial indicators, optical comparators, and coordinate measuring machines. The applications for each device and the care and calibration of each will be emphasized.

Quality Control Inspection*
Gain a comprehensive understanding of inspection necessary to identify product dimensional compliance. Methods introduced will support in-process inspection and receiving activities. This course will use hands-on exercises utilizing different forms of inspections.

OSHA 10-Hour Manufacturing Safety*
Earn your OSHA 10-Hour General Safety & Health Card. Students will learn safety responsibilities, how to identify hazards, prevent and control hazards, use of safety equipment and integrate safety with their job responsibilities. This course is customized for manufacturing.

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Course Locations

Conveniently offered at Kaynor Tech in Waterbury and at Abbot Tech in Danbury Campuses.


Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund Apprenticeship Program

The Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) Apprenticeship Program provides financial assistance to Connecticut manufacturers that have a Registered Apprentice Program and to approved Apprenticeship Related Instruction Training Providers.  The fund is administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor and funded through the Department of Economic and Community Development's Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

NVCC is an approved Apprentice Related Instruction Provider and is prepared to support manufacturers in their efforts to train registered apprenticeship workers in the appropriate skills to meet current and emerging market needs and occupational skills. A registered apprenticeship combines a structured work schedule of on the job training together with related classroom instruction.

NVCC offers an expanded array of topics approved for apprenticeship related training. Browse our course offerings.  The course tuition is reimbursed from the fund for qualified  and registered apprentices, that meet the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship agreement.  There are funding limits per apprentice for related training costs.

Please contact Eleanor Lennon at 860-263-6089 or via email for additional information or assistance with the program.    


Program Coordinator:
Sharon Lutkus
203-596-2197 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K404

Customized Training For Business and Industry

In today's global market, the difference between growth and stagnation lies in the quality and productivity of your team. Enhance the knowledge and skills of your employees to create a high performance environment.

NVCC recognizes that training programs need to accommodate your employee work schedules and production timelines; so we deliver your training where and when you need it.  Days, evenings, or weekends, your site or ours, we will be there when you need us. Our cost-effective customized training solutions can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization and include a wide array of business, soft-skills, and technical topics.

Our training experts can assess learning needs, identify gaps and provide training solutions. Contact Cynthia Tolin, 203-596-8743 or Sharon Lutkus, 203-596-2197.

Some of our most popular programs are listed below or browse our Manufacturing Course Catalog.  If you do not see what you need, let us know.  We have access to a huge variety of topics and experts, and will be happy to match the right training to your company.

Conflict Resolution



English as a Second Language

Intergenerational Communication


Manufacturing Processes

Microsoft Office Applications

Performance Improvement Plans

Professional Development Planning

Project Management Basics


Stress Management

Succession Planning

Supervisory Skills

Technical Writing

Time Management

Welding Safety &Techniques

Important Information

Important Information

  • A high school diploma or GED is strongly recommended and is required by most employers. 
  • All courses are not offered every semester. 
  • Some courses require prerequisites. Please check course descriptions carefully.

Registration Information

Course Registration

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

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