Aug 14, 2020  
Catalog 2019-2020 
Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fab Lab Design and Fabrication for Smart Manufacturing

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Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Pathway  

Program Description

This course series provides students with basic and advanced knowledge of equipment used in the Fab Lab.  Students receive instruction and hands-on training in specialized software and equipment used in the Fab Lab and then use a problem-solving approach to learn advanced knowledge of the software and equipment.  Students will work individually or in small groups to solve related manufacturing or engineering problems supplied by local manufacturers.

Program Outcomes

CCBC Credential:  Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Options (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Wavier for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabiliation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

​​21 weeks.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; minimum age of 18

Recommended - Previous design or CAD experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Not required, but a pre-registration visit to the Fab Lab can be scheduled.  Contact the Fab Lab at ​ to schedule a visit.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Courses must be taken in order.​

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




TEC 009

Design and Make Technology - Basic Combined Series​


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials​



​TEC 010 ​​Fab Lab Laser Cutter Applications Introduction ​36 ​No textbook, but may need to purchase materials​



Course Series Totals:





Additional Information

Course Substitutions
The six courses required to be taken on an individual basis for the Fab Lab Design and Make Technology Course Series may be substituted for the single course, TEC 009 - Design and Make Technology - Basic Combined Series, in this sequence.

Additional Expenses
Additional costs include fees for lab use and materials needed for individual student projects.  Total additional expenses vary depending on the size, type, and scope of projects.​

Skills for Success
Students should be innovative, artistic, or have an entrepreneur flair.

Career Opportunities
Knowledge from the Fab Lab courses, along with previously acquired manufacturing knowledge and experience, can make an individual an “additive manufacturing/ prototyping” skilled practitioner.  Courses will help students further their experience as an artist, innovator, drafter, or entrepreneur.​​

Additional Offerings:
Use of Fab Lab equipment and resources:  After completing the Fab Lab Introduction course (included in the ​Design and Make Technology - Basic Combined Series), students become Fab Lab members and have access to many of the lab resources.  Members must schedule time to use the equipment during open lab sessions and pay appropriate fees for use and materials.  Materials used must meet Fab Lab guidelines.  For more information, visit


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Contact Information

For Program Information:

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts| | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville | BESS

Administrative Assistant: Denise Bellamy | | 443-840-4712 | Catonsville | BESS 100


For Equipment-Specific and Laboratory Membership Use Questions:

Fab Lab Manager: Hayley Evans | | 443-840-4811 | Catonsville

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