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Issue: November 2011


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Secretary of Labor Joanne F. Goldstein visit

Graduating Class

On November 21, 2011, Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development for the State of Massachusetts, was our honored guest at the Center for Manufacturing Technology in Woburn.


Secretary Goldstein presented eight students with their certificates of completion and awarded several certificates of perfect attendance.  These students are the latest to successfully complete the training center’s sixteen week “Introduction to General Machine Shop Practices” course. Many of the training center’s graduates have received full or partial funding through the State’s workforce development programs.  Secretary Goldstein was also treated to a guided tour of the training center as well as throughout the entire Custom Group facility; Center for Manufacturing Technology’s parent corporation.


The Center for Manufacturing Technology is a privately owned machine technology training center which was established in 2008 to help address the shortage of skilled labor throughout the precision manufacturing sector in Massachusetts. The staff at Center for Manufacturing Technology works closely with the office of Workforce Development and many of the State’s Career Centers.

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting at MIT

Intro General Machine Shop Practices 

On November 28, 2011, the AMP Northeast Regional Meeting was held at MIT. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee is a national effort bringing together the Federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States.
Joanna Dowling was part of a Regional Panel of Advanced Manufacturing Success Stories; were she spoke
about the Center for Manufacturing Technology and the need for skilled workers. Click the following link to view the meeting

Class Graduation

Student using Manual Lathe    Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce the graduation of our latest class in Intro General Machine Shop Practices on November 21, 2011.

To reserve your place in the upcoming class or any of the classes we offer please contact us at 781-933-0049 or visit

New Class Announcement
Student using Manual Lathe    C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology is currently enrolling for their next session of C008-Intro General Machine Shop Practices starting on December 5, 2011 and running Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 5pm.
This 16 week, 320 hour course will introduce the Students to the complex and rewarding field of precision machining. With much of the same content as our C009 General Machine Shop Practices program, this “fast track” version offers Students the ability to improve their skills quickly.
The course consists of interactive lessons and practical hands on labs where the students will gain valuable experience creating hand tools or locating devices. The program’s fields of study include:
            Math Fundamentals Grinding Processes
            Basics of Manual Mill Mechanics of CNC
            Basics of Engine Lathe Basics of CNC Machining
            Blueprint Reading Basics of CNC Turning
            Basics of Tolerance Much, much more
            Structure of Metals

Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology has established measureable goals and offers industry recognized credentials for consistent attendance, acceptable test and lab scores, and additional scholastic accomplishments.

Students in both courses must be at least eighteen years of age, must possess a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent, and must have some understanding of math and basic algebra. The student should hold a strong mechanical aptitude, have good problem-solving abilities, and be able to work independently. Experience working with machinery is also helpful.

To reserve your place in the upcoming class or any of the classes we offer please contact us at 781-933-0049 or visit
Boston Tooling & Machining Association, Inc.
Members Special
Center for Manufacturing Technology is offering a special 10% discount on all training for BTMA members. Contact us today to take advantage of this special offer and reserve a place in any of our upcoming classes or Customized Training.
Center for Manufacturing Technology 30 Nashua Street, Woburn, MA   P. 781.933.0049  F. 781-935-3904
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