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The Advanced Manufacturing Report is Now Available

In a collaborative effort, Bridgewater State University’s Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement (IPARE); Ricciardi’s College of Business’ Management Department; and the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board united to identify the gap between employer needs for Advanced Manufacturing hiring, and the training available for developing the regional workforce in this specific area. This included an examination of the programs, curriculum, and certificates that are being offered at colleges, universities and vocational technical schools that relate to Advanced Manufacturing.

The information provided in this report focuses on the current programs and certificates that are relevant to Advanced Manufacturing within the Higher Education and vocational technical schools in the Southeast region of Massachusetts. This report provides tables and charts incorporating the programs and certificates that were identified in the colleges, universities, and vocational schools with the six subsectors to identify the capacity of offered programs and certificates relevant to each defined Advanced Manufacturing subsector. You can find the Advanced Manufacturing Report here.

Why Advanced Manufacturing?

Advanced Manufacturing plays a significant role in the Southeast regional economy of Massachusetts. With nearly 30,000 employees and over 1,000 businesses in 2012, the Southeast region’s Advanced Manufacturing sector is the third largest in the Commonwealth.

A report on Advanced Manufacturing released by the Whitehouse last year stated that “Manufacturing plays an outsized role in the U.S. economy: from the greatest economic multiplier of any other sector, to the creation of 4 additional jobs for every manufacturing job, it is clear that the manufacturing sector is a critical driver to our country’s prosperity and security.”

It also stated that “…over the next decade, we will need to fill nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, although 2 million of these positions may remain unfilled due to a skills gap. In fact, at this moment, 80 percent of manufacturers currently report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions.”

In order to help solve this issue as it relates to our area Dr. Henry Renski and Ryan Wallace, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, undertook an investigation producing a series of detailed examinations of Advanced Manufacturing, each focusing on different areas of the Commonwealth. In their report, they divided the Advanced Manufacturing field in the Southeast region into six subsectors defined as Chemical and Plastics, Computers and Electronic Products, Fabricated Metal & Machinery, Food Processing and Production, Medical Equipment and Supplies, and Paper and Printing.

How to Use This Report

Summary of Higher Ed Curriculum Related to Advanced Manufacturing CareersThis report provides tables and charts incorporating the programs and certificates that were identified in the colleges, universities, and vocational schools with the six subsectors to identify the capacity of offered programs and certificates relevant to each defined Advanced Manufacturing subsector. The programs and certificates highlighted in the tables were collected through secondary data online. We found an extensive number of programs and certificates within the Higher Education institutions identifying with the Computers and Electronics products subsector; with the least in the Food Processing and Production subsector. We also found predominant programs in the vocational technical schools tailoring to more of the occupations found in the Fabricated Metal and Machinery, and Medical Equipment and Supplies subsector.

Readers may utilize the data provided in this report to facilitate or guide their own decision-making, collaboration, and dialogue. Designed for multiple stakeholders; Employers, Jobseekers and Educators, that data contained within will provide information on the types of education and training that is available in our region and how to access it.

We request that you simply reference the source of the data, including the specific sources of data listed with individual tables and charts. Completed in December 2016, please contact the individual institutions for details on the current schedules.