Manufacturing Programs at Three Rivers

Three Rivers Community College offers many immersive paths to a career in manufacturing. Providing education and training for students ranging from high school to adults, Three Rivers programs range from five-week training courses to two-year degree programs.

The latest development is the creation of the state-of-the-art Three Rivers Community College Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center (MAC), housed at the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton.


Credit Programs

Three Rivers offers multiple degree programs that lead to careers in the manufacturing industry. Choose from the Manufacturing Engineering Technology, A.S.; Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.S. and more. These degree programs offer an excellent example of the merger between the traditional “hands-on” learning concepts and the newer computer application techniques in today’s engineering technology education.

Additionally, via the College of Technology, Three Rivers offers the seamless transfer degree of Engineering Science.  Upon completion of this degree, students can gain automatic acceptance and full credit transfer to seven public and/ or  private engineering universities in Connecticut where they can earn their bachelor’s degree in a variety of engineering fields.

Our faculty have advanced degrees, have worked in the field and care about student success. Graduates move on to careers specializing in operations, design, engineering, and development in manufacturing with starting salaries that range from $42,000 to $83,000. See a full list of our technologies degrees and certificates here. 

Non-Credit Manufacturing Training Programs

Adult Programs

Three Rivers began offering manufacturing training programs in 2016 through the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline, which is one of several workforce-related programs overseen and administered by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB). The very first course was Outside Machining, a 5-week training program. From there the programs multiplied, classes include Intro to Manufacturing, Intro to Planning, Shipfitting, Inside Machining, Welding, and Design-Engineering. Learn more about these programs here.

Most of the programs that Three Rivers offers are part of the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative and were developed to address the massive need for skilled trade workers at Electric Boat and Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) companies. Other programs have been designed to provide specific training for employers like Electric Boat, for example the Marine Draftsman Apprenticeship and the Metal Trades Council.

High School Programs

Three Rivers has extended the manufacturing programs to the high school level by partnering with local school districts that include the New London-Early College Opportunity (ECO) manufacturing program, the College Connections Program, and the Youth Manufacturing Pipeline. These programs prepare students for careers in manufacturing at institutions like Electric Boat or EAMA employers through coursework that can take place on high school campuses, the Three Rivers campus, or at the Three Rivers MAC training facility at Grasso Technical High School depending on the program.

Three Rivers Community College Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center

Three Rivers continues to expand its manufacturing training programs with our new 8,500 square foot, advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center facility that is the first of its kind in the nation. The TRCC MAC, located in
Groton at Grasso Technical High School, is a flexible space that simulates factory conditions using the actual machinery that students will encounter on the job. It is the hub for manufacturing training of all levels in a variety of disciplines and trades. Many of the manufacturing programs for both adults and high school students that Three Rivers are being moved to this facility and newer programs are on the horizon. Learn more about the TRCC MAC here.

Opportunities for Area Manufacturers and Businesses

The Three Rivers Center for Business & Industry Training is part of the statewide Business & Industry Services Network (BISN). TRCC provides client companies with a variety of services which include: customized training; business consultation services, data gathering and referral, plus seminars and workshops.

Three Rivers Business Center cultivates and actively works at building long-term partnerships with Chambers of Commerce, business and industry clients, other state agencies, and 501©3 organizations. BISN is the entrepreneurial business development and training department of Three Rivers Community College. For your business and training needs, contact Erin Sullivan at Learn more here.