The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is designed to teach all students the required skills for a lifelong career in the diverse and technological field of metalworking through the use of various machine tools. The extensive 4-year program provides students with a baseline knowledge of metallurgy, lean manufacturing theory and career opportunities in the field, while delivering a comprehensive knowledge of machine tool operations, precision measurement, CNC control operation, 3D solid modeling (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) procedures. Students are trained in the efficient applications related to design creation, manufacturing best practices, precision operations and finishing techniques taking design ideas from creation to prototype to manufactured products. Wherever possible, 3D models and manipulatives are used for a hands-on & visual/spatial learning environment, through the use of software, 3D printing and machined parts.
Students can earn industry credentials to provide additional evidence of knowledge for career placement such as the MACWIC Level 1 and 2 certifications and their OSHA 10 card. Students also develop the best educational background to transition into a two or four-year college to pursue an Engineering degree. Current articulation agreements allow for up to 12 college credits to Springfield Technical Community College in a Mechanical Engineering program with an option to transfer to a Bachelor’s program through Northwestern University, hosted on-site at STCC.