quinebaug valley community college

Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

Fall 2021 has begun!

Our classes are being held on-ground at the Danielson campus or as a hybrid course.

If you are interested in the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate or have questions, contact: Sandy Gould  860.932.4178 . If you are interested in the Mechatronics Certificate and have questions, contact: Jodi Clark 860.932.4128

Not Just a Job but a Career

Supporting students and businesses from the Quiet Corner to the shoreline, the 10,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center provides hands-on learning opportunities for students, as well as a location for area manufacturers with customized training needs. The Center includes a machine lab, mechatronics and metrology labs, classroom, conference space, and offices.

Student Success

Women in Manufacturing

Graduate of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics - Now Employed at Pratt & Whitney

Come and Visit!

Contact Sandy Gould or Jodi Clark  to schedule a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

In the meantime, enjoy this virtual tour Gary O of WINY Radio created when we opened our new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in 2016.

Start Your Career in Two Semesters

Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program

Advanced Manufacturing is a world of innovation utilizing new technologies, software, automation and cutting edge materials. Our two semester Precision Machining Certificate will prepare you to join that world.


  • Paid internships
  • 95% job placement after graduation

Mechatronics Automation Technician Certificate Program

Mechatronics describes a field that combines mechanics and electronics. The technology is used to create automated processes that operate with minimal human intervention, freeing workers from routine tasks.


  • Paid Internships
  • Increase the skills you already have in manufacturing
  • Jobs are in demand

Our Manufacturing programs offer:

Paid Internships

Start an internship in your first or second semester!

95% Job Placement

Our manufacturing students get jobs!

Manufacturing in Eastern Connecticut is growing!

Apply 30 credits to a degree!

Continue with a Technology Studies degree

Ready to get started?

  1. Apply for Admission.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Federal FAFSA, which determines eligibility.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, contact:

Steve LaPointe
Steve Lapointe

Manufacturing in the time of COVID

So here we are, one year after the COVID-19 crisis was announced. So many things have changed in people’s lives, and the education process has been a part of that. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center was forced to adapt to the world of online instruction in a world of “hands-on” training. Many steps were taken to create new ways of delivering the content needed to be successful in the machining world. Our staff created videos that related to specific projects we weren’t able to complete in the shop. At the end of the semester we were able to graduate students with the education to earn a certificate. Some pieces were missing and we pleaded to the State to allow us to be the first to reopen with on-ground training to fill in the missing hands-on experiences. On June 2nd the State of Connecticut deemed our programs essential because of the need for talented individuals to help meet the demand for the manufacturing of various products needed for personal protection equipment. I’m sure you are all aware of the talk of ventilator production amongst other needs. We ran all summer long bringing back students who wanted more time on the shop floor to polish their skills and gain the confidence they needed to be successful.

So here we are one year later and what has changed? For the Advanced Manufacturing Center, we have maintained on-ground instruction from 8 am to 9:30 pm in both short-term non-credit programs to the full-credit certificate. The only real setback has been the reduction to 50% capacity in all our course. This will remain standard for the time being and appears to be the plan for Fall 2021. This is one more reason for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing to consider registering for classes. I think you’ll find this manufacturing boom is just getting started, with the pause in supply chain production, the floodgates will open all at once. The old adage “supply and demand” will show a shortage of qualified machinists and automation technicians when business resumes. That puts the individuals who have the skills on track to be well-compensated. QVCC has contact with over 150 businesses that will be looking to hire those same individuals.

My recommendation to anyone who hasn’t made a commitment to a career yet, let QVCC get you started. There are some late start classes in March that will allow you to get a head start on the certificate. Manufacturing Math II, Blueprint Reading I and Safety in the Workplace will start the week of March 22nd. There will be limited spots due to our capacity limits, so “the early bird gets the worm!” We will have a virtual information sessions on March 25th to learn more. You can also contact Jodi Clark jclark1@qvcc.edu or Sandy Gould sgould@qvcc.edu for more info on how to get registered.

I’m looking forward to meeting our new prospects ready to pursue a new exciting, fun and well-paying career right here in our community known as “The Quiet Corner”.

Stephen LaPointe
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

To learn more about how to enroll in one of our Advanced Manufacturing Technology certificate programs, contact:

Jodi Clark

Assistant Director



Sandy Gould
Advanced Manufacturing Assistant