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More People Now Have the Right Skills

The MACWIC Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway is an industry-developed and industry-recognized advanced manufacturing certification system. Dedicated to supporting manufacturing growth initiatives, this evaluation process enables employers to match candidates with the right competencies for each position, reducing hiring costs in the process.

MassMEP currently tests 90% of the Chapter 74 Vocational Schools in the state of Massachusetts for the MACWIC Level 1 & 2 Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certifications, covering Blueprint Reading, Shop Math, Quality & Precision Measurement, Safety, Work Readiness, CNC Programming, GD&T, CNC Mill & Lathe Operations, and Lean Manufacturing Concepts.

We’d like to extend congratulations to all the students that earned a MACWIC Level 1 and/or 2 Certification and a special congratulation to the five schools we visited throughout the state to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of their students (see graduation pics below):

  • Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School

  • McCann Vocational Technical High School

  • Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School

  • Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

  • Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Celebrating with these schools were Senator Ann Gobi, A. J. Enchill from Senator Adam Hinds office, Representatives John Barrett, Paul Frost, Joseph McKenna, Peter Durant, Norman Orrall, Shaunna O’Connell, and Representative/Manufacturing Caucus Chair Jeff Roy, as well as many manufacturing companies and parents.

"Manufacturing is the backbone of the Massachusetts economy and it is important that we maintain the infrastructure and continue the pipeline of young people going into the industry," said MassMEP President John Killam. "I am excited you have chosen this industry and you now have the opportunity to go out and get good paying jobs and have a career pathway."

MACWIC Certification testing provided by MassMEP is the only manufacturing specific credential embedded within the Massachusetts Department of Education Chapter 74 Advanced Manufacturing Machine Tool Technology curriculum guidelines. Designated a "quality career path" by CLASP and dedicated to decreasing the manufacturing skills gap facing us all in the manufacturing sector, MassMEP is proud to provide this competency based validation testing for the continued success of the manufacturing community we serve.

Figure 1. Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Figure 2. Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
Figure 3. McCann Vocational Technical High School
Figure 4. Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School
Figure 5. Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

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