News & Events for Center for Manufacturing Technology

News

June 12, 2013

New Machine Purchase
 

   The Center for Manufacturing Technology would like to announce the purchase of a new Hass Mini Mill which will be used by our students during their hands-on labs.

Below is a list of the machines features:

Vertical Machining Center; 16" x 12" x 10", 40 taper
10-Station Automatic Tool Changer
Spindle: 6000-rpm Spindle
belt drive, 7.5 hp (5.6 kW) vector drive
15" color LCD monitor and USB port

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

May 3, 2013

SAVE THE DATE

           




              

Massachusetts

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

SUMMIT 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
7:45 AM to 4:00 PM
Gillette Stadium
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Reception to follow at The Hall at Patriot Place



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to host the first
statewide Advanced Manufacturing Summit. This full-day event will
bring together hundreds of leading executives and managers from
the manufacturing industry to share best practices, network, and
discuss future opportunities and challenges.

For conference details and registration information please visit,
http://www.ampitupma.com/summit2013

 


November 12, 2012

New Machine Purchase
 

   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

 


October 9, 2012

Northeastern Massachusetts Manufacturers, please save the date for the

1st Regional Manufacturing Access to Capital Workshop

November 13, 2012 9:00AM-12:00PM

Hosted by the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative at
The Enterprise Center at Salem State University
121 Loring Avenue Salem, MA 01970 (map)
Sponsored by Citizens Bank

 A "one-stop" opportunity for local manufacturers to match their capital needs to targeted programs and available sources of capital, receive guidance from peers, and participate
in 1-on-1 sessions with lenders and/or financial counselors.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION IS REQURIED,
FREE, & OPEN TO MANUFACTURING COMPANIES

To register, please use this link: http://masstech.org/register/register387.cfm

Event Schedule
8:00AM-9:00AM        Reception
9:00AM-10:00AM      Event Speakers
10:00AM-12:00PM    Capital Matchmaking Sessions

Additional details to be sent to registrants and posted on the AMC website’s
Access to Capital page


With Event Partners:

MassDevelopment

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
& local lenders from across the Northeastern Massachusetts Region

The Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative is an industry-led initiative of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Developement with support from the Mass Tech Collaborative

 


September 28, 2012

Summer Robot Camp Report

The report summarize the outcome of our 2012 Summer Robot Camp at Center for Manufacturing Technology, Woburn MA. The Summer Robot Camp is a course taught to middle school students from ages 10-14. Four sessions were taught to a total of 35 students. To read the complete report please click the following link: Summer Robot Camp Report

 


 

August 10, 2012

New Class Announcement
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 September 10, 2012 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

Outcome:
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.

Prerequisites:
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 www.customtrainingcenter.com

 
 

 

August 10, 2012

New Graduating Class

Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce the graduation of our latest class in Intro General Machine Shop Practices on July 24, 2012.


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

 

 

 


July 1, 2012



Joanna Dowling appointed to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board

On July 1, 2012 Joanna Dowling was appointed to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board by Governor
Deval L. Patrick.
The Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board advises Governor Deval Patrick on continuously improving the Massachusetts Workforce Development system.

The Board is comprised of private sector employers, agency heads, legislators, and representatives from state
and local workforce development entities.

 

 


April 17, 2012

(AMC) Workforce & Education Working Group

  Please join the members of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative’s Workforce & Education Working Group on Tuesday, April 24th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a special session featuring speakers from across the state sharing best practices from workforce and training efforts in the Massachusetts manufacturing sector.
  As a featured speaker, Joanna Dowling will be giving an overview of Center for Manufacturing Technology's curriculum, training methods, workforce development, the importance of Math and Science education and how that relates to the manufacturing industry.
   The event to be held in the Weiss Conference Center at the Mass Tech Collaborative 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA. 

A meeting agenda and additional information is available. Please RSVP to Christopher Scranton at scranton@masstech.orgto receive additional materials.


November 28, 2011 

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting at MIT

   Joanna Dowling spoke at the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting at MIT on November 28, 2011. Joanna was part of Regional Panel 1: 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 http://www.mit.edu/manufacturing/amp/event/video/


June 29, 2011 

Joanna Dowling elected as REB Board Chair

   Center for Manufacturing Technology would like to announce that Joanna Dowling has been elected as Board Chair of REB. She is actively involved with the State of Massachusetts to promote the importance of ensuring the growth and sustainability of manufacturing in the state.  As a Board member since 2009, Mrs. Dowling has brought to the REB a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, human resources and marketing. “As Chair I am looking forward to working with REB Executive Director Nancy Brown and Vice Chair Antonio de la Serna.  I believe the REB can play a pivotal role in helping employers build a stronger workforce and grow new and existing businesses in Massachusetts,” said Dowling.
 
   REB Executive Director Nancy Brown stated; “We’re thrilled that Mrs. Dowling has accepted a leadership role on the Metro North Regional Employment Board.  Her skills and expertise will help us to effectively help residents gain the skills to maximize their economic self-sufficiency,”


May 31, 2011 

New Class Announcement
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 August 8, 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

 

Outcome:
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.

Prerequisites:
   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 www.customtrainingcenter.com

 
 

April 1, 2011

Woburn Advocate Artical

         On March 28, 2011 the Woburn Advocate's Linda Kush visited Custom Group Incorporated to do an article on Center for Manufacturing Technology. The article centered on Custom Group's plan to educate their work force and train new machinists. Click on the following link to read the entire story http://www.wickedlocal.com/woburn/features/x796075769/Woburn-companys-survival-plan-is-education#axzz1Ia7mKOFD


April 1, 2011

Class C008 20101213 Graduates

CONGRADULATIONS!!!! To class C008 20101213, which graduated yesterday after completing Center for Manufacturing Technology's course C008 Intro General Machine Shop Practices.



March 9, 2011

WCVB TV Interview

         
On March 9, 2011, WCVB TV Boston visited Custom Group Incorporated to do a story on the dwindling work force in the manufacturing industry. The reality is that there are fewer new machinists each year. To counteract this trend Custom Group Incorporated has established Center for Manufacturing Technology, a training facility designed to train new machinists. The intent is to supply the local work force with skilled machinists thus bringing manufacturing jobs back to Massachusetts.
         Center for Manufacturing Technology recently graduated a class of 11 students on November 10, 2010. Ten of those students have been placed into manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts companies. Our next class of 11 students is scheduled to graduate on April 1, 2011.
In addition, WCVB TV Boston toured Custom Aerospace Components and Custom Machine, which are state of the art machine shops. Custom Aerospace Component’s core competency is in the Aerospace, Military Aircraft and Commercial Aircraft markets. Custom Aerospace Components is currently ISO 9001 : 2008 and AS9100 Revision B certified. Custom Machine’s core competency is in the Medical, Commercial and Alternative Energy markets. Custom Machine is currently ISO 9001 : 2008, ISO 13485 : 2003, NADCAP Aerospace Quality System and NADCAP Non-conventional Machining certified. Click the following link to see the entire story
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/money/27139257/detail.html


March 8, 2011

New Class Announcement
C009-General Machine Shop Practices


Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology is currently enrolling for their next session of C009-General Machine Shop Practices starting on April 4, 2011 and running M-Th 9am-2pm.
In this 40 week, 800 hour course students will be introduced to the complex and rewarding field of precision machining. 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 Shop Algebra
 Basics of Manual Mill Fixture Design
 Basics of Engine Lathe Mechanics of CNC
 Blueprint Reading CNC Milling Overview
 Basics of Tolerance CNC Turning Overview
 Structure of Metals

Creating a Milling Program
Much, much more

Outcome:
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.

Prerequisites:
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 www.customtrainingcenter.com

 
 

March 4, 2011 

New Class Announcement
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 June 6, 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

 

Outcome:
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.

Prerequisites:
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 www.customtrainingcenter.com

 



February 18, 2011

       Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology was notified by Managing Automation Media that we have been selected as a winner of the 2011 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award in the Training & Education category.

 The following is an excerpt from the Executive Editor of Manufacturing Automation Media:
“Your company’s selection as a PM100 Award winner confirms that The Custom Group is among the most innovative manufacturing-related companies in the world. Your winning project was selected by a panel of distinguished judges from among hundreds of nominations. This recognition is something of which your project team and everyone at your company should be very proud.”

 The Progressive Manufacturing 100 award is a prestigious program which honors companies who have transformed themselves through the use of information technology. Each year 100 manufacturing companies from around the world are recognized by Managing Automation Media for their groundbreaking projects that deliver a demonstrable competitive advantage.


April 18, 2012Robotics CampOn March 31st,  the Winchester High School Robotics Team traveled to Marlborough,
Massachusetts for the regional combat robotics competition in the 15lb division named “Rally in the Valley”.  Winchester competed against other high school teams from New England, with 20 different robots in attendance. The double-elimination tournament had 26 bouts of fighting which resulted in WinRobotics' new robot “Matador” taking first place with an undefeated record of 5-0.  Matador also received an award for “Best Engineered Robot” in recognition of its effective design and the skilled machining of its components. The team's second 15lb robot “Good Enough” was presented the Sportsmanship award for their great comeback.
   The Winchester Robotics Team is very thankful for the advisers, supporters, parents, organizations, and business owners who have taught the team members what they know and donated what they can.
   The Custom Group was particularly influential in the creation of WinRobotics' combat robots.  Carl Pasciuto has helped the Winchester Robotics Team with material selection and machining ever since its creation in 2005.  The designs of this year's robots required many custom components, and WinRobotics presented their Engineering Excellence Award to Custom Group for their extensive help with the building process.  Students created each robot virtually in a 3-D Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) program before machining was started to ensure that finished parts would come together seamlessly.  All technical drawings and specification sheets were also student made, but not before receiving instruction from Carl Pasciuto and Custom Group employee Charlie Feng (a previous Winchester Robotics Team member and founder).  Designer of “Matador” and team president Rob Grassi ('12) commented, “Everything I know about engineering design and technical drafting I learned at Custom.  It feels great to apply that information to build something like a robot and gain a new skill at the same time.”  The designers of “Good Enough”, Saavan Patel ('13) and Donald Feng ('13), look forward to working with Custom Group in the future to further high school students' understanding of science, technology, and engineering.  Through their support of organizations like the Winchester Robotics Team, Custom Group is actively creating the next generation of technological specialists, and engineers.
Below are videos of Matador's battles:


Testimonials

C010 - Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

I wanted to take a minute to thank you and your organization for preparing and conducting the GD&T training for our employees. Everyone of them came back on the very first day enthusiastic, excited and engaged! The enthusiasm did not change throughout the entire course, they have immediately applied the concepts learned in their day to day tasks.

We would love to send another group of employees to the same GD&T training.

Dianne Moulton
Director of Quality
Magellan Aerospace
March 8, 2016

C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

At the Center for Manufacturing Technology I gained knowledge and experience in only 19 weeks that would have taken years to acquire. The hands on way of learning and vast knowledge that the Instructors are willing to share will be hard to find anywhere else. I now feel that I can make a difference immediately at not just a job but a career. The value that you can gain for yourself and your next employer is immense.  Highly recommend whether you want to learn a new skill or improve on what you have CMT is the place to go!

Joe Greco
August 20, 2014

C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

"I cannot speak highly enough about this program. Starting with Joanna Dowling, who heads up the administrative side of this school. Joanna has extensive knowledge of the industry and knows well what employers are looking for in prospective employees. The instructors SangEng and Cosmo are the keystone to this program. Bringing decades of industry and hands on machining knowledge that could fill volumes. Associate instructors who teach blueprint reading, math, Mastercam and CNC help round out this team.  I looked into several schools before deciding on this one, as it is the only one that offers a complete, concise and well rounded course."
 
Thanks
Charles Mussatti
April 16, 2014


C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

"I am very grateful to have been a student of Center for Manufacturing Technology.  During my interviews I was asked by the Hiring Manager, Human Resources Manager and President of the company if the school is good quality or not.  My answers were “I have gained tremendous knowledge and skills from this school in a short period of time.  It was a hands-on work experience with intents of learning techniques and skills”.  The two companies I interviewed with offered me a position instantly. I would have never obtained a CNC position without the knowledge I gained from the school." 
 
Thanks
Sean Taing
September 13, 2012


 C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

“I can whole heartedly and with out reservation recommend the Center For Manufacturing Technology.
The instruction was in depth and  challenging; and upon graduation I had  a comprehensive overview of machine shop practise. That has proven to be must helpful for me and of great value to my employer.

Lastly I would like to mention the knowledge of the instructor was encyclopedic and more importantly they cared deeply about the progress of each individual student not only for the students sake but for the sake of the industry in which the student would soon be a practitioner.


Sincerely
Vincent Cherico
August 10, 2012


 C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices 
 
      “My training at the Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) has been fabulous for my family.  The skills acquired during my training enabled me to secure permanent, full-time employment just two weeks after graduation.  Now, after only three months with my current employer, I am a CNC operator, I often work on manual lathes and millers and I am being trained to complete CNC set-ups!  I have even continued my training, earning a certificate in CNC lathe programming.”

       “I would like to state that without the skills and knowledge acquired during my training at CMT, none of this would have been possible.”
 
Sincerely 
Juan H.
July 18, 2011


C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices 
 
      The Center for Manufacturing Technology opened my eyes to how much I did not know about the machining trade. From day one we focused on shop math which was more challenging than I thought.
      Everything we learned in the classroom we applied in the training center shop.  Our instructors were patient and spent ample time to focus on our needs, teaching how to operate the shop machines safely and how to inspect our work with calibrated instruments.
      Today I am working at an engineered materials facility on the north shore. Within two weeks I was moved to the Quality/Inspection lab due to my familiarity with calipers, micrometers and height gages. I am in the process of learning a computerized measurement machine “CMM” to qualify parts for shipment. I believe my training and experience at “Center for Manufacturing Technology” opened the door to my new career.
Sincerely,
Dan W.
June 25, 2011


C008 - Intro General Machine Shop Practices

      The instructors at CMT taught me how to read inspection tools. When I applied for my current job they actually made me measure some components to prove that I could do it. Before this course, I could not have. Myself and one other graduate from my class at CMT are now working together at a local manufacturer. We are both very happy with our jobs and we know that with more than 200 applications received, we would not have been hired without having taken the "Introduction to General Machine Shop Practices" course at the Center for Manufacturing Technology.
      I am very grateful for the time that my instructors spent working with me and I appreciate their teaching methods. If you are considering attending a precision machining program, you are definitely not wasting your time by taking this course.

Sincerely,
Carmine M.  Lawrence, Ma
June 18, 2011

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