Minuteman Receives New Equipment for Advanced Manufacturing Program
Minuteman High School recently accepted delivery of state-of-the-art equipment that will help the school launch a new program to train high school students and adults for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the field of advanced manufacturing. The equipment was purchased with the help of a $500,000 competitive state grant awarded to Minuteman in February.
Eleven large pieces of equipment, manufactured by Haas Automation, Inc., arrived on two flatbed trucks on the last day in August. The equipment included five Mini Mills, four CNC Tool Room Lathes, one Turning Center, and one CNC Lathe with Y Axis.
Most of the machines are approximately 5-6 feet wide, 6 feet deep, and 6 feet tall and weigh several thousand pounds apiece. One, the CNC Lathe with Y Axis, weighs 8,000 pounds.
“Starting new high-quality vocational technical programs isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t inexpensive,” said Michelle Roche, Director of Career Technical Education at Minuteman. “We’re very grateful to the Governor, his Workforce Skills Cabinet, and the Legislature for recognizing the need for funding and getting the money out to where it’s really needed.”
The equipment will help Minuteman serve vocational high school students, academic high school students, unemployed and underemployed adults, and incumbent workers seeking to earn industry credentials.
The school is now in the process of designing the new Advanced Manufacturing program. Initial course offerings for adults will begin in the fall.
The state is expecting 100,000 high-paying jobs in the field of Advanced Manufacturing in the next 10 years alone.