Students enrolled in the CTECS Automated Manufacturing program are given instruction in and demonstrate skills and knowledge for entry-level employment in a paperless manufacturing environment. Students will begin to study and use mechanical design and engineering technology, 3D modeling software, MasterCAM computer-aided manufacturing software, and computer-numerical control (CNC) programming software to design and create projects. Manufacturing methods are initiated with an introduction to CNC machinery and material types, along with their basic applications. Students start with small CNC metalworking projects, which lead to projects that are more complex. Prince Tech’s Automated Manufacturing program has 3D printing capability for aerospace and medical grade plastics, encouraging manufacturers to collaborate with our students on developing new designs and prototypes.
Students receive 540 hours of instruction in the career/technical program each year.
Students are eligible to participate in Work-Based Learning (WBL) in grades 11 & 12. This program allows companies to hire students during the school day to work on the manufacturing floor. Students will get credit for their work experience and it is an important pipeline for getting our students into industry.