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Electrical Technology / Advanced Manufacturing Pathway

What is Electrical Technology and Advanced Manufacturing?

Electrical technology specializes in the maintenance, programming, and building of electrical components and automation systems.  Advanced manufacturing involves the use of technology to improve products and/or processes, with the relevant technology being described as “advanced,” “innovative,” or “cutting edge.”  

The combination of knowledge and skills in the two fields provide many opportunities, including the ability to:

Create complex technological products via

  • CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing)
  • 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping
  • CNC Machining/High Precision Technologies

Increase reliability, affordability, and availability of products through

  • Advanced robotics and automation
  • Sustainability and control systems
  • Scalability and flexibility

Solve a variety of society's problems with

  • Green technologies
  • Advanced materials
  • Customized manufacturing

The GE Global Research Center, in Niskayuna, NY, is one of the program's business partners.  This video is an overview of how vast the manufacturing research and development program is at one of the world's premier companies.

Why Study Electrical Technology/Advanced Manufacturing?

Advanced manufacturing is accelerating the translation of U.S. innovations in science and technology into new products and processes, and helping to create jobs across all technology sectors.
Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), June 2016

There is a large, rapid and exciting shift in how and what is being manufactured these days.  It’s happening faster than we can imagine and it will be fun to be connected in ways we could only dream of before!  Students in the program confirm this.

I have learned valuable life skills, as well as industrial skills from my internship in Advanced Manufacturing.
Brittney Anderson, Class of 2017, Schuylerville Central School

"I chose Advanced Manufacturing because I like the hands-on projects with the CNC equipment.
Trevor Dunsmore, Class of 2018, Lake George Central School

Advanced Manufacturing teaches us the skills to keep up with the shifting world.
Joe Pomainville, Class of 2018, Hudson Falls Central School

Employment Outlook

According to a Manufacturing Institute study, in the next decade the U.S. manufacturing industry will add nearly 3.4 million jobs to meet both future domestic and international demand.  The industry is projecting a shortage of workers with the required STEM skills.  Prospective employees who have had training and experience with technology/computer skills, problem solving skills, basic technical training, and math skills are currently and will continue to be highly sought after.   

Program Overview


The Program exposes students to:

  • project based work.  Every subject is taught through project-based learning that engages students in every facet of their education.
  • collaboration and innovation.  Just as it's done in the real world, students often work in teams to design and develop novel solutions to class projects and industry challenges.
  • student centered learning.  Students take an active role in their own education, workign with teachers in a professional, collaborative environment built on two-way communication.
  • local industry partners.  The program's business partners host students for learning opportunities alongside experts, sponsor Kaizen events and industry challenges, and guest lecture in our classes.
  • cutting edge technology.  The Advanced Manufacturing students are provided with a laptop.  The state-of-the-art learning lab contains the following equipment:
  • CNC Milling Machine  -  CNC Lathes  -  3D Printers  -  Laser Engraver  -  Plastic Thermoforming  -  Various Robotics  -  Precision Measurement Tools  -  Voltmeters  -  Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)  -  Pneumatics  -  Various Types of Sensors  -  Band Saws  -  Drill Press  -  Belt Sander

Course Catalog

The Course Catalog contains the names and descriptions of the courses in the program, as well as a Plan of Study.

In the News ... 

Check out the media attention the program has received: 

BOCES preps kids for future careers, The Saratogian, 9/28/18

For more information related to Career Opportunities, please visit: CareerZone and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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