Century College offers many programs related to manufacturing, such as engineering CAD technology and welding. In addition, Century College has a FabLab which offers students the chance to design, fabricate and test models. The FabLab is also used to reach out to help youth learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.
Engineering CAD Technology
The Engineering CAD Technology program offers two options, an AAS in Engineering CAD Technology and a certificate in Digital Fabrication Technology.
In Engineering CAD Technology, students study Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) and mechanical drafting standards. Topics include interpreting engineering drawing, drafting, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and more.
The Digital Fabrication Technology Certificate offers students the opportunity to learn more about manufacturing technology and automation. It also serves as the entrance to the Engineering CAD Technology program.
The Engineering AS degree is especially designed for students who wish to continue their education at a four-year college in fields including biomedical, chemical, electrical, material, or mechanical engineering.
Students are able to choose a specialty (chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering) and then select classes that will fulfill their educational goals.
Century College also offers some welding courses.
Century College also offers other programs that relate to manufacturing:
Through the HVAC program, which includes an AAS, Diploma, and two Certificates, students study the service and installation of heating and cooling equipment.
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Offering a Diploma and AAS degree in orthotics technology and prostethics technology, students learn how to fabricate, repair, and maintain braces and limbs to support patient care.
Solar and Renewable Energy
The Solar and Renewable Energy program offers a variety of options, with an AAS as an Energy Technical Specialist, and three different certificates: Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems, Advanced Solar Thermal Energy Systems, and Solar Assessor. Students are able to improve their professional credentials or prepare to enter this field.
Century College also has a unique lab designed to reach youth and is also used by Century College students, faculty, and staff.
Digital Fabrication Laboratory
Modeled after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms, Century College’s Fab Lab is available to be used by engineering and engineering CAD technology students, the Engineering Club, and others on campus.
Engineering students are able to design, fabricate, and test models, applying engineering theory in practical ways. Engineering CAD Technology students use the lab in two of their courses: How to Make Almost Anything and Materials and Manufacturing Processes.
The Fab Lab has also been involved in a variety of outreach activities with the goal of increasing the number of students interested in pursuing degrees and careers in STEM. It is often visited by local middle school and high school students and used for more in-depth workshops.