Q: Is the MEAM program a good fit for my son or daughter?
A: This program is a good fit for anyone with a desire or interest to learn, regardless of their future education or career goals. Students from this program will gain troubleshooting and problem solving experience, computer science and engineering knowledge while also gaining practical, hands on experience in machining and robot assembly.. These skills will serve anyone well in any career they choose.
Q: What certifications are available to my son or daughter in the MEAM program?
A: Successful students will be prepared to sit for the following industry certification exams:
- OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
- National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS Certificates)
- NIMS Certificate 1: Measurement, Materials and Safety
- NIMS Certificate 2: Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
- NIMS Certificate 3: Milling 1
- NIMS Certificate 4: Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
- NIMS Certificate 5: Turning Operation: Turning, Chucking Skills
- NIMS Certificate 6: Grinding Skills
- NIMS Certificate 7: Drill Press Skills
- NIMS Certificate 8: CNC Turning: Programming Setup & Operations
- NIMS Certificate 9: CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
- NIMS Certificate 10: CNC Turning: Operator
- NIMS Certificate 11: CNC Milling Operator
Q: What college credits are available to my son or daughter in the MEAM program?
A: If your child successfully earns all of the above NIMS certificates, they will also earn up to 12 college credits at RVCC. Note: these college credits are valid at RVCC but may not transfer to other colleges and universities.
- EMET 151 – Conventional Machining Operations I
- EMET 152 --- Conventional Machining Operations II
- EMET 253 CNC Machining Center
- EMET 254 CNC Lathe
Q: Will my son or daughter gain a certificate at the time of graduation from SCVTHS?
A: Students in the MEAM program must complete a minimum of two years in order to gain certification at the time of graduation. The certification identifies the skills mastered, the longer a student is enrolled in the MEAM program more mastered skills will be identified.
Q: What are the costs to the parents?
A: There are currently no costs related to the MEAM program.
Q: How does the MEAM program work?
A: MEAM is a 4 year program of study that consists of a joint venture between the vocational school and RVCC.
- Years 1 and 2: Students work in a state of the art robotics lab located at the votech. Here students will learn mechatronics, engineering, coding, CAD, CAM, electronics and physics.
- Years 3 and 4, students take a bus mid-day from the votech to the Advanced Manufacturing laboratory at RVCC’s Branchburg Campus. Here students will learn machining, CNC programing and operation and advanced manufacturing techniques.
Q: Can students choose share time or full time votech status?
A: All MEAM students must be full time votech students. This is due to mid-day busing between the votech and RVCC.
Q: What are the requirements for entry?
A: Students must submit an application to our school prior to the deadline. Students must not have any major discipline incidences as well as excessive absences. Additionally, students must be in good academic standing. Any student who submits an application will partake in our entrance testing. Students take an entrance exam for both English and Math. Students must score at least a 7.0 on both assessments.
Q: My child did not have any major discipline incidences, excessive absences, and is in good academic standing, however, they scored below the required 7.0 on the admission testing. Is there anything they can do to receive a spot in the program?
A: Any student who scored below a 7.0 and has additional information that would impact the decision should write an appeal.
Q: How does my child get to Vo-Tech?
A: Transportation is provided by the sending district. Questions about transportation may be directed to the transportation department at the sending district.
Q: What clubs/activities can my child be part of?
A: Any student attending Vo-Tech shared or full time will have the opportunity to participate in any club that we offer. For students attending full time, if Vo-Tech does not offer a club you are interested in, then you can partake in it at your sending district.
Q: What are the expected Program Outcomes for MEAM?
A: Graduating students will be prepared to:
- Enter the workforce in the field of mechatronics.
- Potential to enter the industry as an entry-level Manual and CNC machine operator.
- Continue their post secondary education with partners such as RVCC and NJIT in the field of Engineering.
- Continue their post secondary education with partners such as RVCC and NJIT in the field of Engineering Technology.
- Continue their post secondary education in RVCC's Advanced Manufacturing program.
Q: What are the expected Student Outcomes for MEAM?
A: Graduating students will possess:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to use their knowledge of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science in order to design a mechatronic system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
- An ability to use their knowledge of advanced manufacturing techniques (such as CNC machining and 3D printing) to construct a working prototype of their design.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
- A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice