In September 2021, the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks were updated to guide Chapter 74 state-approved programs on incorporating current business and industry standards, including how to utilize state-of-the-art equipment.
To help Massachusetts CTE educators choose the best equipment, we've gone through the advanced manufacturing framework and compiled a list of recommended industry-standard equipment, technology, and certifications that align with the framework.
Massachusetts Vocational Framework: Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing is a field that has gotten more complex in the technical and digital skills needed to be proficient. We recommend this list of equipment and certifications for Massachusetts Chapter 74 advanced manufacturing programs to meet industry standards. These recommendations align with Strand 2 of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Framework for Advanced Manufacturing, covering technical knowledge and skills. As you will see in the charts below, there are multiple instances where one piece of equipment aligns with multiple standards and objectives.
Tormach CNC Certification Program
The Tormach CNC Certification Program gives students hands-on advanced manufacturing skills with a full-featured CNC controller.
EMCO CNC Certification Program
Provide your students with training on the basics of turning and milling technology, metal cutting, quality management, and CNC programming with the EMCO CNC Certification Program.
Jet Metalworking Tools
Verisurf 3D Measurement Certification
With the Verisurf 3D Measurement Certification, students learn job-ready skills in manufacturing inspection, tool building, and reverse engineering needed in today’s Aerospace, Automotive, Marine, Energy, and Biomedical industries.
Fusion 360 or Onshape
Autodesk Fusion 360 and OnShape are professional cloud-based CAD and CAM programs that are quick for students to learn.
Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Certification Program
The Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Certificate teaches students additive manufacturing technologies, design considerations from CAD to CAM, and more.
Desktop Metal or XACT Metal 3D Printers
Teach students about additive manufacturing with metal using Desktop Metal or XACT Metal 3D printers.
Universal Robots Skills Certification Program
With the Universal Robots Skills Certification Program, students gain an understanding of robotics and get a Universal Robots industry-recognized certification upon completion of hands-on training with a Universal Robots collaborative robot and 32 course credit hours of online learning.
Recommended Equipment and Certifications for the Advanced Manufacturing Massachusetts Vocational Framework
|Tormach CNC Cert||EMCO CNC Cert||Jet Metalworking Tools||Verisurf 3D Measurement Cert|
Fundamentals of Safety in Machine Tool Technology
|2.C Machine Maintenance||X||X||X|
|2.D Quality Control-Measuring/Inspection|
Equipment: Coordinate Measuring Machines, Profilometer, Optical Comparator, Height Guage
|2.F Blueprints/Detail Drawings||X|
|2.G Process Planning||X|
|2. H Machining Operations||X||X|
|2.I Power Saw Processes|
Equipment: Power Saw
|2.J Finishing Processes||X||X||X|
|2.K Grinding Processes|
Equipment: Surface Grinder, Bench Grinder
|2.L Lathe Processes |
Equipment: Conversational and CNC Lathes
|2.M Milling Processes|
Equipment: Conversational and CNC Mills
|2.P CNC Programming |
Equipment: Conversational CNC Mills/Lathes, Simulators
|2.R CNC Machine Set Up and Operations |
Equipment: CNC Mills, CNC Lathes
|2.S Advanced CNC Set Up and Operations |
Equipment: 4 and 5 Axis Mills, Live Tooling Lathes, Probing Systems
|Fusion 360 or Onshape||Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Cert||Desktop or XACT Metal 3D Printers||Universal Robots Skills Cert|
|2.N Computer Aided Drafting and Design |
Equipment: CAD Software
|2.O Additive Manufacturing Process |
Equipment: Additive Manufacturing
|2.Q Computer Aided Manufacturing |
Equipment: CAM Software
AET Labs specializes in helping CTE programs create and sustain their labs and shops. To make sure your Chapter 74 programs are using industry-standard equipment that aligns with the Massachusetts Vocational Framework for Advanced Manufacturing, schedule a consultation with us. We provide all equipment and certifications recommended on this list, and we offer local service and professional development training for the instructors.