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Issue: November 2012


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   A Shortage of Skilled Labor

Graduating Class

   Recently 60 Minutes and New York Times published articles on the shortage of skilled labor in the United States of America.
   The 60 Minutes video states there are 3 million open job but that there is insufficient skilled workers to fill those open positions.
     The New York Times article focused on one company's struggle to hire qualified workers for their company which has been in business for over 55 years.

          Below are the two publications:

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New York Times


New Machine Purchase

Intro General Machine Shop Practices


   The Center for Manufacturing Technology would like to announce the purchase of a new Birmingham YCL-1236GK lathe which will be used by our students during their hands-on labs.

  Below is a list of the machines features: 

  • Floor Stand
  • 2 HP, 220V, 1 Phase Main Motor
  • D1-4 Spindle With 1 1/2 inch Thru Bore
  • 9 Spindle Speeds From 70-1400 RPM
  • 40 Kinds of Inch Threads From 112-4 TPI
  • Automatic Longitudinal and Cross Feeding
  • Jog Button For Easy Gear Engagement and Inching Spindle
  • Emergency Stop Button Located on The Front Of Headstock


 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 January 7, 2013 and running Monday through Thursday from 8am to 1pm.
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

Enroll now for Introduction to Inspection Practices

Graduating Class

   Intro to Inspection Practices is a 19 week course, taught in 4 hour sessions 2 days a week. Students will be taught Inspection fundamentals such as; Reading Dial Calipers, Micrometer, Height Gage and Basic Machine Shop Math. The course is a combination of multimedia learning and hands on practical application in our lab.

The following is an overview of the training which will be covered.

1. Math Fundamentals

2. Introduction to SolidWorks

3. Reading Dial Calipers, Depth Micrometer, Micrometer and Drop Indicator

4. Inspection: Basic Measurement, Hole inspection, Go-NoGo Gage

5. Shop Trig: Using Trig to find lengths, Solving right triangles, Multi step Trig problems

6. Blueprint Reading

7. Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance

8. Basics of the Coordinate Measuring Machine, Surface measurement, Calibration fundamentals

9. Inspecting with Coordinate Measuring Machines, Optical Comparator and Hardness testing

10. Quality overview.

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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