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Industry Readiness Training

6-Week Non-Credit Program

The Industry Readiness Training (IRT) Program is a short-term (6 week) intensive non-credit training program developed with industry employers to prepare students for entry to mid-level jobs in the local, diverse advanced manufacturing industry.

Students completing the IRT will work with Career Development Counselors to find employment that matches student experience and new skills to local manufacturing opportunities. Past students have gained positions in: Production, Supply Chain Management, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Logistics & Inventory Control

Content Area


Computer Skills

Student expertise with computers is evaluated and additional instruction is provided to familiarize less experienced students with computers. Microsoft Office presented, with emphasis placed on gaining experience understanding and using MS Excel.


Industrial safety, lab safety

Blueprint Reading

Topics include: Introduction to Print Reading; Sketching; Scales & Measurement;
Reading Lines and Lettering; Reading Multi-view Drawings; Processes; Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing; Reading Prints of Working and Pictorial Manufacturing Drawings.

Mechanical / Machines

Fundamentals of mechanical advantage and timing.


The importance of measurements and understanding measurement tolerance, uncertainty and precision is discussed and tools used in class.


Presentation of the nomenclature, schematics and basic electronic circuit theory required to perform fundamental electronic measurements.

Quality Systems / Metrology

Discussion of ISO and FDA GMP standards presented. Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Documentation functions discussed. Discussion of Metrology including calibration principles and related topics.

Introduction to Lean Processes, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management

Familiarization with Lean Process improvement tools and how they work with Six Sigma quality measures and Supply Chain concepts.

Project Based Learning

Using the skills acquired through IRT coursework, students work in small groups to complete projects.

Career Ready 101

Competencies in Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics are improved through on-line and self-paced learning. Instructors are present during some of the scheduled computer time to facilitate student progression towards completion of the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Workplace Success

Students work with trained staff in a classroom environment on topics that include Communication for Business Success, Goal Setting and Attainment, Critical Thinking Skills, Stress Management, Resume & Cover Letter Building, Interview Skills and Team Building.

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Local Employers


Our strong partnerships with local employers like Bio-Techne in Devens means that our grads can get great jobs after college! Learn what it's like to work in the clean, safe high-tech field of Advanced Manufacturing.

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We are thrilled to work with local partners like Rocheleau Blow Molding Systems. Rocheleau specializes in the manufacture of extrusion blow molding machinery, blow molds and related automation equipment.