Training and PD Workshops

Hone your Technical Skills and Satisfy Professional Development Requirements  

AET Labs offers a variety of technical training opportunities to assist New England educators in getting the most from their equipment. We have the resources and experts on deck to guide you, from on-site training to industry-certification programs to free workshops. 

Participating in our training and events is ideal for getting up-to-the-minute knowledge of technologies that will streamline, expand, and inspire STEAM learning opportunities in your classroom.  

Group and 1-on-1 Professional Development 

Do you or your staff want personalized training on a specific topic or piece of equipment? We can help! Our local team will develop a professional development workshop that meets your needs, delivered in-person or virtually to one instructor or a group of instructors. 

Professional development training is led by Adam Zelny, Applications Specialist at AET Labs. Adam has proficiency in many digital fabrication and technology systems, including 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, 3D scanning, and robotics. Adam spent several years working with the Technocopia makerspace in Worcester, MA, and has worked with schools in the central Massachusetts area to develop hands-on technology events and projects.  

Manufacturer Certifications 

We partner with leading manufacturers to provide certifications and training to instructors, so you're prepared to teach students how to get the most from the technology they're learning. Here are some of the certifications available for students, that come with instructor certifications earned through train the trainer programs: 

Festo Industry 4.0 Certification 

Instructors receive training through NC3, the National Coalition of Certification Centers. NC3 and Festo have built deep industry-educational partnerships, and they develop, implement, and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards. 

Kuka Ready 2 Educate Certification Program  

Offers high schools, technical centers, community colleges, and universities the opportunity to incorporate certificate-based robot education on KUKA products into their STEM, Advanced Manufacturing, and Mechatronics programs. 

Universal Robots Skills Certification Program  

Upon completing the Educational Robotics Training core course work, a student receives 32 course credit hours and a Universal Robots industry-recognized certification. For instructor certification, Universal Robots conducts a 4-day Teacher Certification Training Program. 

Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Certification Program  

Additive manufacturing plays a key role across industries, but there is a widening gap between the technology and the number of skilled workers who can drive it. Prepare the workforce of tomorrow by offering a professional proficiency credential in additive manufacturing technologies, industries, and applications for FDM and PolyJet materials, key technology specifications, design considerations from CAD to CAM, fabrication considerations, and post-processing methods. 

Tormach CNC Certification Program  

Encourages hands-on learning of advanced manufacturing skills with a full-featured CNC controller. It builds confidence while forgiving mistakes that come as students learn a new skill. Novice learners can be hands-on with the tool from day one. 

Greenlee Commercial and Residential Electrical Certifications  

Developed and administered by NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) and are compatible with other industry-recognized certifications.  

Workshops and Events 

We run various events throughout the year that provide educators with tips on using equipment and software and connect them with other instructors in New England. 

During the school year, we run a monthly series of virtual demos and discussions, led by Adam Zelny, AET Labs' Applications Specialist. You can view all upcoming events and recordings from past virtual events on our events page.  

We also run hands-on group workshops, usually in collaboration with instructors. We host the New England CAD-Engineering Teachers Summit each year, led by Mark Lyons, VP of Sales at AET Labs. We have also hosted workshops about CNC machines, collaborative robots, and mechatronics. If you're interested in co-hosting an event with us, please let us know! 

Providing End-to-End Solutions for Successful Labs

AET Labs is an advisor and value-added reseller inspired to bring real-world industry experience to education with end-to-end technology lab solutions. We are application specialists, service technicians and knowledgeable consultants who combine experience, curated product lines, and the ability to implement with professionalism and forward thinking. As a partner to New England education visionaries since 2005, we value educating future generations.

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Thank you again for coming out. We are so happy with the relationship we have had with AET…and to be able to continue to meet more individuals like yourself so willing to help our school is amazing.

Daniel Frank, Lead Instructor
Blue Hills Regional Technical High School - Engineering Technology

Thank you for your efforts to keep our printer on contract and up to speed.

Inspiring a generation of engineers is a team effort, and I’m grateful for your assistance in doing so.

Tasker Smith, Technical Instructor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Pappalardo Undergraduate Laboratories

I am taking this opportunity to share my gratitude for Zach’s courteous service work on our uPrint SE plus. I enjoy just chatting with him. He’s a super nice guy and very knowledgeable, and able to assist me with GrabCad as well during this past visit.

I wish to inform you of my satisfaction with Zach’s work – beyond satisfaction – more like impressed with his professionalism. He kept in close touch with me to arrange his visit and offered options for upgrading and improving our CAD / 3D printing programming.

Randy McCormick, Drafting & CAD Instructor
Washington County Community College

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful customer service/support I received today from one of your workers, Matt Campbell.

In my 30 or so years of teaching, I have never been as impressed with a salesperson/company as I was today.

Matt worked diligently, for hours, putting together all of my new equipment without pause. It would have taken me days to do what he did in a matter of a few hours. What a polite and hard working young man that you have working for you!

Thank you again for the excellent service. It was greatly appreciated.”

Cheryl DelSanto, Technology Education Teacher
Pilgrim High School

I just wanted to reach out and tell you how great it is to have Zach as our repair tech. He is professional and courteous and is ALWAYS available when I contact him.”

Joe Riddensdale, Drafting Instructor
Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School

AET Labs provides excellent  sales and service: I can call them anytime I need assistance. They are my best source for equipment: no pressure, affordable and innovative solutions, flexibility, excellent follow through. The bottom line is that AET is just a great company to work with.

In 13 years of teaching, I have not found a  better vendor  to work with. They do not try to oversell  and they back up their sales with excellent service.

David Mangus
Science and Engineering Teacher, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology

“We’re the front door for people,” said Gina Bingham, NHFPL business outreach librarian, during a recent open house at Ives Squared. “Our machines are meant to be comfortable for beginners.” (Speaking to the ease-of-use of the digital fabrication machines in the Ives Squared Tinkerlab)

Gina Bingham
NHFPL Business Outreach Librarian

“AET Labs has been our savior in creating the Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub)! The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce was fortunate enough to receive a large Work Skills Capital Grant from the MA Department of Higher Ed to create fabrication, design and computer labs. AET Labs provided us with the expertise and know-how we needed to successfully reach our goals. . . At the end of the project we got rave reviews from the community, our students, teachers, schools and our legislators.”

 

Jeannie Hebert, CEO and President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Blackstone Valley Education Hub