Today’s world of Advanced Manufacturing is a blend of fundamentals and new skills.  Basic blueprint reading is a must-have for everyone from line to leadership.  An introduction to Six Sigma provides an understanding of the fundamentals of this dynamic set of process tools.  These one-day, eight-hour skills enhancement courses provide both novice and experienced workers with new knowledge and refresh the tool-kit required of all staff in the manufacturing arena.

Blueprint Reading

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T)

Manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining

Principles of Value Stream Mapping

Shop Math and Measurements

 Six Sigma:  An Introduction

If you work for a New Jersey non-governmental business, these classes are grant-supported, and therefore, of no cost to you. See your Human Resources department for an EIN/Tax ID number.

(If you are a government employee, or if you are currently unemployed and would like to take one of these classes, click here and follow alternate registration instructions.)


This course will teach you how to read shop and engineering blueprints and learn the information needed to fabricate parts and perform assembly operations. You will study current drafting standards and blueprint reading techniques as well as develop your ability to accurately locate and interpret dimensions on drawings. We will review standard lines and symbols, sketching techniques, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, drawings, dimensions, tolerances, sectional views, title block information, machining specifications, and specialized forms of engineering drawings. You will learn how to draw principal and isometric views and understand how blueprints and tolerances relate to the manufacturing process. Students may wish to refresh Shop Math skills prior to enrolling in Blueprint Reading. See below.

Time: TBD


Acquiring an understanding of GD&T is essential to ensure that no matter who receives a drawing, they will be able to understand it. This course will provide you with essential knowledge of how to create a well-structured GD&T which will improve communications within your machine shop and ensure everyone involved is speaking the same language. GD&T concepts covered will include CNC machining tolerances, the Datum Reference Frame (DRF), interpretation of symbols, the Feature Control Frame, communicating basic dimensions, and material condition modifiers.

Time: TBD


Manual Machining

This course covers precision measurements and elementary theory of cutting and machining methods with emphasis on the proper operation of the manual lathe and the vertical mill.

Time: TBD

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CNC)

This course provides a practical application of computerized product development and related prototyping concepts as well as exposure to basic G-code programming, machine setup, manual and post processed programs, tool offsets and tool changing.  Participants will be able to implement all previously learned prototyping concepts to successfully setup and operate CNC milling and CNC turning centers.

Time: TBD

PRINCIPLES OF VALUE STREAM MAPPING                                                                                                           

This course introduces individuals to a lean manufacturing technique used to analyze the flow of materials and information required to bring a product or service to a customer.  In this course, participants will be introduced to how this diagnostic tool is used to visualize the current state of a value stream, identify opportunities for improvement and subsequently design a path to a future desired state.

Instructor: Jeff Lilley

Time: Fri, Nov 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Henderson Hall, HH 111


If you are new to manufacturing or are looking to gain knowledge of the basic math and measurement instruments used in the manufacturing industry, this course is for you. The focus will be on an overview of mathematics, common industry formulas and unit conversions.  Individuals will be trained to properly read measuring instruments common to manufacturing. The knowledge gained will provide a solid foundation for individuals interested in taking the Blueprint Reading class.

Time: TBD

SIX SIGMA: An Introduction

Six Sigma is a process and a set of tools used by organizations to improve products, processes and results by eliminating defects, reducing variation and decreasing delays. This course will train participants in the fundamentals of Six Sigma, including use of the DMAIC process (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) and basic tools. Participants will have an opportunity to use the process and tools during the course to work on solutions to real problems. Come to class with a problem or project in mind.

Instructor: Jeff Lilley

Time: Wed, Oct 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Henderson Hall, HH 111