August 30, 2022

Lakes Region Community College has partnered with Watts Water Technologies in Franklin, NH to develop a custom “CNC Basics” training program for current employees interested in advanced manufacturing. This four-week class was held on-site at the Watts facility, which reduced employee travel and time away from the production floor.

The program, designed by Joseph Smith of LRCC, covers the basics of how to run a CNC machine properly and safely. In addition, this course presented practice in metrology, blueprint reading, and machine tool math. This pilot ran this summer and proved to be a success, attracting eight employees to the curriculum. From this course, these employees are now eligible to apply for operator positions at Watts.

Smith serves as Department Chair for Electrical & Advanced Manufacturing for LRCC. He is qualified and trained to develop programs in these areas for businesses on-site or at the college. In addition to on-the-job training, Smith is the lead Advanced Manufacturing faculty for Running Start, a dual enrollment program for high school students wanting to get ahead by earning college credit while still in high school.

For more information on partnering with LRCC for training or high school dual enrollment programs, contact [email protected].