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NH Manufacturing

Today's advanced manufacturing, also referred to as smart manufacturing, embraces technology to create essential equipment, tools and devices that are literally changing the world.

Advanced manufacturing has been for generations a cornerstone of the economy in the Granite State, itself once a national leader in the production of textiles, machinery and wood products, including paper.

After a debilitating hit approximately three decades ago claimed thousands of jobs, intrepid entrepreneurs transformed the industry, putting a new focus on higher-paying and higher tech and higher-demand markets like computers and electronics, aerospace, defense and medical.

Today, the industry is once again a hotbed for manufacturers and job seekers alike.

The dated notion of manufacturing being greasy, repetitive, low-skilled factory work with little room for advancement has been replaced by the reality that workers in this industry are highly skilled in math, science and technology, and they’re as capable working with their minds as they are with their hands.

To work in NH manufacturing is to work in disciplines including computer-aided drafting and design, electronic and mechanical engineering, precision welding, computer numerical controlled precision machining, advanced composites manufacturing, robotics and automation and much more.

Combine these skills with state-of-the-art production technologies and equipment and efficient, clean processes, and you have what is now referred to as smart manufacturing.

And the opportunity for growth is great; due to smart manufacturing's status as the state's largest economic contributor, growth in high-tech manufacturing has become a priority for lawmakers and business experts here and across the nation.

With manufacturers in NH and New England reporting a shortage of specifically trained, highly skilled workers, opportunities abound for exciting, stable jobs in a field with high growth and income potential.


Student Testimonials
Expert Testimonials

“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.”

“Freudenberg-NOK has 1,000 employees and five sites in New Hampshire, Ashland, Bristol (2), Northfield and Manchester). We face competition to hire and retain the best and brightest machinists, toolmakers, maintenance technicians and process, product, chemical and manufacturing engineers. As the economy recovers and more companies seek these kinds of employees, programs like LRCC’s become critical in maintaining a pipeline of talented manufacturing candidates. We help in the development of the school’s Advanced Manufacturing curriculum through collaboration on the Advisory Board and donation of equipment. This kind of collaboration is crucial in addressing current and future hiring needs. We expect to work closely with LRCC in developing machinists and toolmakers for our Northfield location through a combination of LRCC courses and hands-on training in our facility. Those with strong mechanical aptitude and solid math and blueprint comprehension skills are ideal candidates.  Individuals seeking a career in the technical or engineering disciplines would likely require an associate or bachelor’s degree.”

"People with training from community colleges, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, earn more than those with only a high school diploma. This is a critical reality that we need to make clear to our young people and their parents."

“At RVCC, I enjoyed the small class size and all the hands-on learning. With only a GED, I fought for years for a good job. RVCC gave me a much-needed first step to change the direction of my life. In only two years, I went from never having stepped foot in a machine shop to running multiple machines in an advanced field, all due to the training and support of RVCC and Knappe & Koester.”

“I have found my community college education to be an invaluable resource that has helped me in every aspect of the machine tool environment. I would recommend community college training to others because it opens countless doors within the industry and it allows you to progress within the field much faster than if you didn’t have the training.”

“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.”

“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.” 

“When I was first searching for a job in the industry, I went on job-search sites and put my resume out there. I got phone call after phone call from people looking for my skills. The job market is so large, you could throw your net out there and find a job right away.”

“I’d recommend a career in this field to anyone who wants to feel a part of a larger project and know they helped make something. My training at RVCC was a great experience, with hands-on labs and good instructors. The environment was relaxed enough to learn and it was easy to get help when it was needed. My training is helpful in a lot of ways and has given me a boost in this job and in other job trainings I’ve taken part in.”

"There will always be a need for manufacturing and the more advanced knowledge someone has, the more valuable they are to a company. At RVCC, the instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. The learning is hands-on, which is the best way to become more prepared for the field. I love what I do now, but even more than that, I love the ability I have to advance my career in my chosen field."

“I love welding because when I drop that hood, I’m in my own little world.  I was able to have a trade and get my pride back.  It’s amazing what that does for you. I’m worth something.”