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Registration Open for January Programs at MTI

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Registration Open for January Programs at MTI
Daniel O`Brien

LEXINGTON – Monday, November 15, 2021 – Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI) in Lexington is now accepting student applications for adult workforce development programs that begin in January for the Metal Fabrication and Joining, CNC Machine Operation, Carpentry Pre-Apprentice, and Plumbing Code programs.

In addition, MTI will accept applications beginning in January for 10-month programs that start in August 2022 for the 2022-23 school year. MTI will hold 10-month programs in Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, and Electricity. For more information, visit

MTI offers technical training programs for adults seeking rewarding jobs in high-demand careers. Classes are held on weekday evenings at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Winter/Spring 2022 Programs

MTI’s January programs are tuition-free for qualified applicants as part of Governor Charlie Baker’s Career Technical Initiative. Students who complete the programs will receive industry-recognized credentials and hours toward licensure in their respective fields. The programs are held in collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, MassHire Career Centers, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Prospective students must meet eligibility requirements to access these tuition-free opportunities.

The Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program takes place two evenings and one Saturday morning per week, over 15 weeks, beginning this spring. The 200-hour program provides participants with project and tools experience with instructors with years of experience in the construction and carpentry trade. Training will take place in the Minuteman’s carpentry shop, at the Carpenter’s Training Centers in Dorchester and Millbury, and at other live sites in the area. The program is held in collaboration with the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC) and the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (NASCTF).

CNC Machine Operation
The Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machine Operator program takes place three nights per week over 15 weeks, beginning this spring. This 200-hour program is held in the advanced manufacturing laboratory at Minuteman, where students prepare for entry-level positions as CNC Machine Operators, a high demand field with projected growth of 7% or 29,700 jobs nation-wide through 2030. Industry professionals will provide information and insight regarding networking and employment opportunities through speaker panels, employer roundtables and mock interview sessions.

Metal Fabrication and Joining
The Metal Fabrication and Joining program is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 4:30-8:30 PM, and Saturdays 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM over 15 weeks, from January 18, 2022 to April 28, 2022. The 270-hour program includes a curriculum that offers practical skills in fabrication, layout, and welding with theory and practice. Students are trained in Oxyacetylene Cutting and Welding (OAC/W), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Program completers will earn OSHA 30 certification, Hot Work certification, and the American Welding Society 3D 1.1 (3G/4G SMAW Groove with Backing Structure Plate) certification.

Plumbing Code
Minuteman Technical Institute's five Plumbing Code programs follow the Massachusetts statewide curriculum and are designed to prepare students for the Massachusetts State Examination for the Journeyman Plumbing License. Apprentice plumbers must complete five-tier curricula in order to be eligible to test for the journeyman plumber's license. Registration is open on a rolling basis over the course of the year. Registration opens in January for the Plumbing Code Tier II course that will be held this spring. Please visit to find the dates for the tier program you need.

10-Month Programs
Registration opens on January 3, 2022, for students to enroll in 10-month programs that begin in August 2022. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or GED/HiSet. There is a reduced tuition cost for residents of the Minuteman regional school district’s nine member towns: Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham, and Stow. For more information, visit

Automotive Technology
Automotive Technology prepares students with a solid foundation to work in the ever-changing automotive industry. The program is designed utilizing modules for students to study general areas of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence.) Each module consists of related theory in a classroom setting and hands-on, practical application using live vehicles in the school’s automotive shop. Students gain 900 hours of experience to be used toward future licensure, along with certifications in OSHA, ASE, and Hot Work.

The Cosmetology program supports students who have the goal of working in the cosmetology field. Beginning with classroom instruction, online modules and practice with mannequins, students move to hair, nail, and skin care on their fellow students before working with in The Salon @ Minuteman. Students earn the 1,000 hours of instruction needed to sit for the state licensing exam, along with OSHA 10-Cosmetology certification, hair extension training, Barbicide certifications and safety certifications.

The Electricity program provides students with essential theory and hands-on practical experience in residential and commercial electrical wiring techniques, applications, and industrial controls with a thorough understanding of the Massachusetts Electrical Code. Students gain confidence to work as electrical apprentices during the day and enhance their practical experience with a focused, qualified instructor in the evenings. Students earn 700 hours of instruction and receive OSHA 10 Construction, and Hot Work certifications.