By Judy Bass
Students who graduate from the advanced manufacturing training programs offered by the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) are well-equipped for outstanding, entry-level roles in thriving fields like Welding, Robotics, CNC machining, Electromechanical Assembly and more.
Every effort is made to help each person achieve personal success and placement in an entry-level advanced manufacturing job that has plentiful, realistic possibilities for future growth and economic stability.
“We feel that these programs represent a one-of-a-kind opportunity for anyone who is willing to commit to regularly attending the classes, doing the work and absorbing the material,” said NAMC Executive Director Maryanne Ham. “The tremendous success of our graduates unmistakably demonstrates the value of this training. Many of them have told us that it has improved their lives in countless positive ways.”
Ham added, “The philosophy that underlies all of NAMC’s advanced manufacturing training is the importance of practical, hands-on learning. That is the basis of everything we do. Each skill our students acquire is something they will use in their future careers as qualified, talented, upwardly-mobile professionals.”
NAMC, in partnership with scores of its manufacturing partners statewide, plus local community colleges, training facilities and career and technical high schools. provides intensive training programs taught by highly experienced industry professionals that are given at various times of the year at different sites in the MASSHIRE Metro North, North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Lowell areas. Our career centers will assist graduates with career readiness, i.e., resume writing, job interview and job search techniques.
The programs are “NO COST” to those candidates that are determined to be eligible. Our MASSHIRE Career Center staff will work with the candidates to determine eigibility.
The value of these advanced manufacturing programs is that they can lead directly to multiple, promising career paths such as Welder, Electromechanical Assembler, Electronic Techncian, Quality Control Inspector, CNC Machine Operator and Robotic Technician, to name a few examples.
Graduates of these programs make, on average, from $22/hour with a full benefit package.
With additional education and experience, graduates can go as far and as high in the advanced manufacturing industry as they wish. The options available to them are remarkably wide-ranging.
Here are some details about each NAMC career pathway:
Machining: Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Entry-level hourly wage $22 / Annual wage $45,576
Can lead to positions such as Machinist, Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool
Programmer, Mechanical Enginnering Technician
Assembler: Electromechanical Equipment Assembler
Hourly wage $19.25 / Annual wage $40,040
Can lead to positions such as Team Leader, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician,
Quality: Quality Control Inspector Entry-level hourly wage $21.95 / Annual wage $45,660
Can lead to positions such as Quality Assurance Supervisor, Quality Control Engineering Technician,
Validation Engineer, Quality Control Manager
Supply Chain: Procurement Clerks Hourly wage $22.67 / Annual wage $47,160
Can lead to positions such as Acounts Payable Supervisor, Buyer and Purchasing Agent,
Assistant Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Manager