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Great Bay Community College

GBCC in Rochester, N.H., is home to the brand-new Advanced Technology & Academic Center (ATAC). ATAC offers customized, highly technical composites manufacturing training for the benefit of job seekers and business owners alike.

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At Great Bay, we can help you to develop your communication, analytical and team building skills. Throughout your experience here, you will have opportunities to hone your leadership skills and to act innovatively and entrepreneurially. You will gain confidence, learn more about yourself and our global environment, and ultimately have a more positive impact in your work or home communities.

Advanced Technology & Academic Center

ATAC, in Rochester, features 17,000 square feet of training and education space equipped with state-of-the-art technology laboratories. In addition to Advanced Manufacturing courses, students can take courses for a degree in programs including business, marketing, computer science and more.

Advanced Composites
Manufacturing Certificate

Introductory courses provide opportunities for students to experience working in a modern, clean, hands-on training lab while learning and applying skills critical for success. The program consists of two levels and can be completed in six months.

Level 1: 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.

Level 2: Students will complete general fundamental manufacturing courses and concentrated courses of study leading to a machine operator certificate with one of eight specializations:

Prepares students for jobs painting parts using a handheld paint sprayer within an industrial spray booth. Students will also mix paint-related ingredients, apply masking techniques, and practice rework skills. 

Prepares students for jobs setting up and operating equipment used in 3-D composites fabric weaving, including a Jacquard loom. Topics will include loom operation and maintenance and troubleshooting. Students will learn proper use and documentation of measurement equipment, practice reading specialized engineered drawings and work instructions for weaving, and implement quality assurance procedures

Prepares students for jobs operating the processes of resin transfer molding. Students will learn RTM tool preparation, safe operation of the resin injector, safe operation of the press, and equipment care and maintenance. Students will apply polymer chemistry, physics, curing methods, and other theories presented in Fundamentals of Manufacturing, and will keep a course notebook linking process to theory. 

Prepares students for jobs operating equipment within the finishing processes for composites manufacturing. Students will learn to perform operations of bonding and vacuum bagging, to run an autoclave and record parameters, and to perform preventive maintenance on equipment. 

Prepares students for jobs as quality inspectors and CMM operators where they will inspect, test, or measure materials, products, or work for conformance to specifications. Students will use precision measuring instruments as they apply advanced quality inspection methods, processes, and standards. 

Develops the skills needed to use computer numerical control (CNC) to run a milling machine efficiently and within required quality standards. Students will be introduced to Solidworks and Mastercam, will learn the basics of writing CNC code, and will set up and run CNC milling machines. They will maintain cutting tools dedicated to composite manufacturing and perform machine maintenance.

Provides theoretical and hands-on skills to detect, analyze and repair damage of composites structures. Students will be introduced to different typical failures of composites. Students will design and execute repair plans for different types of damage and bonding failures.  

Teaches students to use all the customary materials, tools and equipment for the manufacturing of high performance composites. The course covers composites processes, materials, equipment and supplies. Fundamentals of mechanical behavior of composites are taught. 

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.

CNC Production Boot Camp (Noncredit certificate program)

The CNC Production Certificate program combines an intense education program that readies an individual for employment with the potential to enter a US Dept. of Labor registered apprenticeship program. CNC has demonstrated success in training and employing professionals, specifically for technical jobs. In fact, CNC Operators play a major role in producing most of the consumer products on which we rely daily.

  • Eight weeks
  • Forty hours per week
  • Current location: SIG Sauer campus on Pease International Tradeport

Learn more about the CNC Production Boot Camp and how to register.

Associate Degree Program

Builds on applied expertise through selected coursework, gaining knowledge and skills in a specific discipline or clearly articulated interdisciplinary areas. Students attain proficiency in the concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry pertinent to the courses chosen as Related Technical Electives; integrate knowledge of their technical specialty fields with new knowledge from their chosen Related Technical Electives; and advance in the development of skills necessary to interpret facts, solve problems, evaluate issues, develop multiple perspectives, and think critically and creatively.

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Great Bay Community College Admissions

Admissions counselors can answer many of your questions over the phone, but they can also set up an appointment with you to show you the campus and talk to you in person about your plans and goals, to go over courses and schedules.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid provides funds for direct and indirect college expenses. Direct expenses are generally those expenses charged directly to your student account, such as tuition, fees, room and board if you live on campus. Indirect expenses are those that you pay for out of pocket such as for books and transportation to and from college.

These funds come in three forms: grants/scholarships which do not have to be repaid; loans which require repayment; and part-time federal work-study jobs for which the student earns an hourly wage. Students who are awarded financial aid may receive any or all of these forms of aid.


WorkReadyNH helps NH job seekers and career builders get the professional and technical skills identified by companies as essential to workplace success. With national and college credentials in hand, successful participants will be immediately identifiable as "work ready."

Four of the eight WorkReadyNH centers are funded by the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT-NH grant, which is used to better prepare adults for high-wage, high-skill employment in the advanced manufacturing industry.

More about the TAACCCT Grant »


“The community colleges show a clear understanding of the workforce needs for advanced manufacturing and the technology sector in New Hampshire, and are moving smartly and quickly to address those needs.”

Fred Kocher
Trustee & former President, NH High Technology Council

Did you know?

There are more than 200 miles of carbon fiber in a “ship set” produced at AMPed NH partner Albany Engineered Composites, which includes a fan case, 18 fan blades, 18 spacers, and 18 platforms.