Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Technology

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in working with your hands and have a passion for solving problems? Using math and building things? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Manufacturing Technology program.

On the job, you will …

  • Read detailed drawings or files, such as blueprints, sketches, and those for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)  
  • Set up, operate and disassemble manual, automatic and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools 
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Manufacturing Technology graduates go to work for manufacturing companies, or in plants or small machine shops. Manufacturing technicians detect malfunctions and ensure the quality of all products.

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Advanced Manufacturing training area, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as:  

  •  American Welding Society (AWS)  
  •  National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers)  
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses  
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests  
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

James Poinatale
James Poinatale has been a full-time Manufacturing instructor at Hartford Job Corps Center since 2017. He has extensive knowledge from working at Pratt & Whitney for more than 45 years and from serving as a combat engineer in the Army. After seven years of retirement, James decided to go into teaching, where he can use his skills and years of knowledge to shape the future generations of machinists and engineers.
Wilma Díaz
Wilma Díaz is a Manufacturing instructor at Hartford Job Corps Center. Prior to joining Hartford Job Corps, she worked at a major insurance company in human resources, professional development and education. After leaving insurance, Wilma took on the role of program manager, mentoring at a Hartford nonprofit, working closely with Wheeler Clinic, Department of Children and Families, Community Health Resources, and The Village for Families and Children. In 2016, Wilma transitioned to education, with long-term substitute teaching assignments in the East Hartford, South Windsor and Hartford school districts. After accepting the position of substitute instructor at HJCC, Wilma earned her adult education teaching certification through the Connecticut Department of Education and shortly after became the center’s full-time academic instructor in Numeracy. In 2019, Wilma transitioned to her current position of Manufacturing instructor, in which she teaches manufacturing theory and manufacturing math.