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Manchester Community College

MCC, located in Manchester, N.H., offers certificate and associate degree programs that help students learn marketable manufacturing technology skills in a variety of automated manufacturing processes.

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Manchester CC is dedicated to providing all of its students a curriculum that  empowers and inspires their success through exceptional and innovative education and the expertise to make a successful transition to the workforce. By offering programs that provide hands-on training and actual career knowledge, MCC is not only serving its students well, but promotes and fosters the intellectual, cultural and vibrant Advanced Manufacturing sector in New Hampshire.

Mechatronics & Robotics, Electrical Technology and Welding Technology

Mechatronics is used in the development of such everyday products like sliding glass doors, vending machines and garage door openers simply combined a mechanical system with electrical components. Today Robotics includes a fusion of mechanical engineering, controls systems, software and computers to develop photo copiers, robots, and the Segway.

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Electronics and Electromechanics provide significant opportunities for improved energy efficiency in individual processes and machines, as well as process chains and factories as a whole. Planning and controlling manufacturing systems requires finding a balance between technical, economic and environmental objectives.

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Welding uses a variety of energy sources to fabricate or sculpt process metals and thermoplastics by causing coalescence. The weld comes from melting the object you’re working on and adding filler materials to form a molten weld pool that eventually cools to become a strong joint.

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Manchester Community College offers the following programs:

Teaches how advanced manufacturing systems – using robotic and transport-based automation including modular work cells: assembly stations, storage locations, machining centers, welding centers and painting stations – play out in the product, from design to manufacture to delivery to the customer. Each student will acquire an overview of how a complete system is tied together to produce high quality product at a low cost.

The Mechatronics Certificate will provide detailed knowledge of machining, electrical and electronic theory as it applies to the latest technologies and skills required by manufacturers. Students will learn installation, troubleshooting and maintenance for all types of electromechanical and manufacturing machinery.

The Robotics Certificate will provide detailed skills and knowledge of robots in automation technology as needed to provide high quality in a production environment. Students will learn robotic operation, build and design and programming fundamentals specific to tasks the robot will complete.

CAD Certificate provides for short-term training for job-skill knowledge, development and advancement leading to employment. Prepares students to work in an engineering environment to create drawings for manufacturing operations and to help solve engineering problems through graphic communication. Skills acquired will give students the foundation to be continuous learners and to be adaptable to other CAD system software. This certificate will address all of the skills needed to support disciplines locally and globally with the focus on architectural and mechanical drafting.

Manchester Community College offers an Associate Degree and a Certificate in Electrical Technology. Successful students will possess the competency to handle the electrical work that is becoming more complex with electronics, microprocessor based controls, and data communications integrated into residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems. This increasing complexity is creating an ever-growing need for well trained and qualified licensed electricians and electrical technicians. Students enrolled in the programs will be provided with the opportunity to be issued a NH electrical apprentice identification card. The identification card will allow the student to earn practical working experience hours, as well as related classroom hours in accordance with NH electrical apprenticeship requirements.

Students in the Welding Technology program develop a variety of technical skills and knowledge of industry norms that are informed by theory and built on an academic foundation that includes mathematics and communication. Successful students possess basic competency in the four major welding processes; demonstrate basic concepts and practices of technical drawing and blueprint reading in accordance with industry standards; produce drawings using Computer Aided Drafting software; refine skills to meet code requirements for heavy plate & pipe welding; demonstrate knowledge of materials structures; heat treatment processes; the composition of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; and the effects of heat-treatments on metals; and more.

The Professional Certificate program meets entry-level employment objectives for non-code welding and includes the courses required for the first year of the A.A.S. degree.

Successful completion of this program gives you the necessary welding skills required for employment as a combination welder, including SMAW pipe. AWS 3/8” Plate Bend test skills are required to enter the Weld III Advanced Pipe/Plate course.

Manchester Community College Admissions

An admissions counselor can answer many of your questions over the phone, and they can also set up an appointment with you to tour the campus and speak to you in person about your plans and goals, to go over courses and schedules.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college expenses, both direct (charged to your college student account including tuition, fees, and on campus room and board) and indirect (including, but not limited to books, supplies, and transportation to/from college).

There are several types of financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans and work study.

  • Grants – No repayment necessary; usually based on need
  • Scholarships – Typically no repayment necessary; based on merit and/or need
  • Loans – Repayment is required; loan type is based on need
  • Federal Work Study – Work for an hourly rate; based on need

Students who are awarded financial aid may receive any or all of these forms of aid.

Click here to learn more about Financial Aid or contact Stephanie Weldon at (603) 206-8111 or


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.

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Workforce Development Center (WDC)

The Workforce Development Center fosters strategic partnerships that lead to quality, learner-centered professional and personal growth opportunities for the community in the areas of personal enrichment, professional development, and corporate and customized training.

The WDC at MCC offers non-credit courses and training in numerous fields including: Allied Health, Business & Industry, Computer Skills, Technical, and English as a Second Language.

For more information about the WDC, contact Kathy DesRoches at (603) 206-8161 or



“Manufacturing needs people, but they need applicants with the right skills. Community college can help a lot. As a matter of fact, right now, these guys are pretty much it in New England. They teach stuff a lot of big schools don’t. And — let’s say you like it; a degree here can help you later become a mechanical engineer. The program is almost like a tryout. It’s actual job training and it’s a screening for employers. They talk to instructors, who know what the jobs take. They can tell them this guy can work for you, with what you’re doing.” 

Gary Flaherty
CCSNH Class of 2014

Did you know?

Manchester Community College's lab simulates a professional high-tech production facility, including a system of robots affectionately called "The Blue Man Group."