University of New Hampshire Opens Engineering Technology Machine Shop
NEC member the University of New Hampshire (UNH) opened its new Engineering Technology Machine Shop on October 10th. The new machine shop and accompanying program will focus on equipping students with a wide set of skills that will prepare them to excel in New Hampshire’s manufacturing sector.
Recent surveys among the UNH student body support the need and potential benefits of the new Engineering Technology Machine Shop: of the 90 percent of 2017 UNH engineering technology graduates who were employed in the field upon graduation, 29 percent stayed to work and live in New Hampshire. Another survey indicates that engineering technology graduates averaged a $71,923 starting salary, which is 36 percent higher than the average starting salary for all 2017 graduates. Sean Tavares, assistant professor of engineering technology, stated that the machine shop will not only address the workforce needs of the state, but will also align with their industry and community college partners.
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig said, “The manufacturing sector is in need of skilled workers in New Hampshire. Manchester is the economic hub of the state. Through applied training in the new machine shop and its existing engineering technology facilities, UNH Manchester is preparing graduates to meet the economic demand that exists in our community.”
The NEC congratulates the University of New Hampshire on the opening of this new facility and thanks them for their commitment to the development of New Hampshire’s future workforce.