Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative

The Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative was featured on News Channel 8

Like working with your hands and building things? Looking for a well-paying career?

We offer free, customized non-credit programs in Welding, and Design Engineering, Machinists and Intro to Manufacturing for eligible students through the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative. Developed to address the massive need for skilled trades workers at Electric Boat (EB) and Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) companies, these short-term (6-8 weeks long) training programs are available to unemployed and underemployed workers unable to attend longer-term training. The course curriculums were developed with Electric Boat and EAMA input.

Applicants will be assessed for basic and occupational skills to determine if they are ready for occupational training. Accepted students will be accepted may receive conditional offers of work from the manufacturers. They also receive support from the American Job Centers staff, helping them access supportive services, stipends, and leverage needs-based payments to reduce barriers to your training enrollment and completion.

The Pipeline Initiative is funded by a 4-year, $6 million US Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Grant (WIF) for Eastern Connecticut.

Here are some quick videos of training at our courses held at Grasso Technical High School in Groton, Connecticut.

Manual Milling                       Student Welding

Apply Online

If you or someone you know is interested in this training and is underemployed or unemployed, apply online at: (EWIB, the Eastern  Connecticut Workforce Investment Board and the American Jobs Centers handle the application process for Pipeline programs at Three Rivers and other community colleges.) Remember, there is no cost to trainees. All expenses are covered. Have questions? Read more at or call (860) 215-9028.