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Just about everything you use on a daily basis was manufactured. If you’re the type of curious person who likes to know how things work, this program was tailor-made for you. The program will stimulate your thinking, prepare you for life after high school, and provide you with marketable metalworking skills.

Job/Career Opportunities: Machinist, using state-of-the-art computer software 

National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc., (NIMS) Certificate Program; RVTC is currently the only NIMS-certified training center in Vermont.

YEAR ONE: Manufacturing I: Manufacturing Processes
Credit: 3-4 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment
Schedule: Full year; 2 hours per day

This course will introduce you to machine tools, measuring instruments, and machining operations, and how they relate to the production of consumer goods. We’ll study the industrial models of both “job shops” and “production plants” and their relationship between engineering, design, production control, and manufacturing. Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and robotics will also be covered.
The first-year curriculum was designed to being preparing students for the nationally recognized NIMS credentialing exams in seven machining areas. In addition, we encourage students to build youth leadership skills by participating in our local and state chapters of Skills USA.


YEAR TWO: Manufacturing II: Mechanical Projects and Material Behavior
Credit: 1 embedded math and 2-3 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grades 11 and 12
Prerequisites: Grade of 70 or better in Manufacturing I or written permission from the instructor, and Algebra II or concurrent enrollment
Schedule: Full year; 2 hours per day

This final course in the cluster takes a closer look at the relationship between design, material selection, and manufacturing. Structural nature, materials testing, and a wider scope of fabrication techniques will be explored in-depth. We’ll also incorporate mechanical parts into the construction of functional mechanical devices. As a class project, you’ll manufacture functional two- and four-stroke, internal combustion engines.

You’ll also continue to develop your skills in 3-D, CAD, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, and prototype development. As part of Mechanical Projects and Material Behavior, you’ll also take part in a cooperative work experience during the school year and the summer either before or after your second year. You can round out your education in the annual University of Vermont engineering competition — Technology and Science Connection (TASC) — and Skills USA.