** Effective Summer 2021, GBCC will not be accepting any new students into the ACM Certification program at this time.
Advanced manufacturing is part of the state’s largest industry sector, making up 19% of New Hampshire’s economy. The economic impact of jobs in advanced manufacturing far exceeds that of jobs in other industries. The Advanced Composites Manufacturing program at Great Bay prepares participants with skills and knowledge required for jobs in the high growth fields of composites manufacturing and aerospace.
Introductory courses provide opportunities for students to experience working in modern, clean, hands-on training labs while learning and applying skills critical for success. In addition to a mechanical aptitude, students interested in the program should have keen attention to detail and demonstrate a desire for quality. They must also enjoy learning in a hands-on way and working as part of a team.
The program consists of two levels and can be completed in 6 months in the full-time schedule. A part-time, evening and weekend option is also available, which can be completed in one year. The introductory level is designed to provide students with an overview of advanced composites manufacturing and to help them select an area of specialization based on interest, ability, and job outlook. During Level 2 training, students will complete general fundamental manufacturing courses and concentrated courses of study leading to machine operator certificates with specializations including:
- Resin Transfer Molding Technician
- Bonding and Finishing Operator
- Quality Inspection and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Technician
- Composites CNC Milling and Set-Up Operator
Students enrolled in the ACM Certificate program may elect to enroll in the associate degree in Technical Studies. Dual enrollment is contingent upon active or graduate status of the certificate. Completion of the ACM certificate satisfies the requirement for the technical specialty core (24 credits) of the Technical Studies degree.
This certificate program is offered at our Rochester Campus.
Typical Job Opportunities
Many students will enter the workforce after completing level 2. They may continue to learn as they earn by studying in either technical or leadership tracks. A leadership path could provide opportunities to be become a team leader within their specialization. A technical path could lead to increased skill level and potential certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist.
To learn more about potential earnings visit:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Faculty Q&A: Meet Kurt Douglas
Kurt Douglas is Program Coordinator and instructor of the high-tech trades (CNC, NDT, ACM, etc.) at Great Bay’s Rochester campus. During his career, Douglas spent 35 years at Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. An electronics technician by trade, Douglas became director of maintenance at Seabrook Station and helped supervise maintenance at sister plants in Wisconsin and Florida.