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Nashua Community College

Nashua CC, in Nashua, N.H. offers training that will provide students with mechanical design and precision manufacturing skills and knowledge vital to engineering and producing machined components and working with electrical systems.

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NCC is a student-centered educational institution with the goal of advancing and enriching the educational, economic, and cultural aspects of the Nashua region. During your time at NCC, you will develop confidence in yourself, build a repertoire of specialized skills, and put yourself on a path to success. NCC has recently partnered with Granite State College in order to allow seamless transition from NCC to bachelor’s degree programs as GSC.

Precision Manufacturing

The Precision Manufacturing and Mechanical Design industry requires properly trained individuals who can follow the design process from inspiration to the actual manufactured product. A mechanical designer requires a diverse knowledge in many areas including computer aided draft and design, machining skills and high-tech equipment operation.

Employees in this industry need to have project management skills and the ability to clearly communicate with others. The skills required include G and M code programming, the understanding of standards and safety procedures, proper material and tool identification, the ability to make precise measurements given strict tolerances, and the training to operate machinery properly. Employment opportunities for this field of study include:

  • CNC specialists
  • Mold Makers
  • Tech support technicians
  • Field service representatives
  • General machinists

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Nashua Community College offers the following programs: 

Prepares students with the basic skills necessary to begin a career in the NC or CNC operations area. 

Prepares students to become machine operators in the machine tool industry. 

Responds to industry needs for individuals who can follow the design process from inspiration to the final production design of manufactured products. Upon degree completion, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively communicate manufacturing methods, interpret drawings, make precise measurements, operate CNC machines, write programs, calculate material requirements, and work as part of a team. The mechanical designer requires knowledge in many areas including Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Machine Shop, Robotics and Machine Components. Foundation courses provide knowledge of physics, mathematics, machine shop practices, machine theory and robot automation programming. Subsequent courses build upon this basic knowledge to develop applications related to modern machine design.

Concentrates on the use of principles and theories of science, engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction and maintenance. Through the use of modern electronic laboratories, the student will become familiar with the areas of electronics, including circuit analysis, analog and digital integrated circuits, discrete semiconductor devices, electronic communications and linear operational circuits. This hardware oriented program provides students with knowledge of currently established design and laboratory techniques.

The Precision Manufacturing industry needs skilled technicians to carry out new ideas and plans in the production of all types of manufactured parts. Many of these skilled technicians can earn more than $50,000 a year.  NCC’s Precision Manufacturing students receive applied training in basic concepts of machine tool processes during the first year. In the second year, students will receive training in such specialized areas as production machining and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, setup and operation.  Employment opportunities include CNC specialists, mold makers, technical support technicians, field service representatives, and general machinists. For students looking to pursue an education beyond the Associate Degree, this program may transfer to selected Bachelor Degree programs.

Nashua 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, talk to you in person about your plans and goals, or to go over courses and schedules.

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Financial Aid at Nashua Community College

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, and 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.

Lizbeth Gonzalez
505 Amherst St.
Nashua, NH 03063
P: (603) 578-8900
F: (603) 882-8690
School code: 009236


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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“During my training at NCC, the hands-on machining labs were of the most enjoyment to me.  Making parts from scratch and learning how to write CNC programs were very exciting. Having community college training allowed me to get my foot in the door at a company that thrives in advanced manufacturing.  Without the two years of technical training, I would have had a very difficult time trying to understand the concepts that the toolmakers at MTC were trying to show me.”

Brian Berg
2000 CCSNH graduate, Freudenberg NOK Employee

Did you know?

It's not uncommon for Nashua Community College's advanced manufacturing students to gain employment in their chosen field prior to graduating.