Frequently Asked Questions

The Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative Program is provided at NO COST to participants. The program is funded by the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) through a variety of state, private & philanthropic grant funds.


What is the Program?


The program provides a training pipeline to develop skilled workers for Electric Boat (EB), members of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), and other regional employers. The program offers several options including: short-term classroom training, online training options, and job search assistance. The program targets those who are unemployed or underemployed. The training is designed to fit the specific hiring needs of EB, EAMA, and other local manufacturers.


FAQ - Training


What kind of training is available?


Training programs target: Machine Operating, Welding, and Plastics. Other training classes are EB specific and are available as job demand requires: Pipefitting, Shipfitting, Sheetmetal, Electrical, and Design/Drafting.


Who is providing this training?

Training is currently offered by Three Rivers Community College at Ella Grasso Technical High School in Groton, Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson & Willimantic, and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Westerly, RI.

Online Manufacturing Training options are offered by the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) and coordinated by ETI, one of EWIB's partners. The classes are offered through Metrix Learning, a leader in online training.


How long does the training last?


The intensive, work-based classroom training programs are typically 5 to 10 weeks long. The classes are 6-1/2 hours per day, five days per week for the duration of the training (i.e.: classes may run from 8:00am-2:30pm or 3:00pm-9:30pm).


When is the training offered?


The goal of the Pipeline Initiative is to offer up to ten training classes per year. We balance the training offerings geographically within the Eastern CT region, and also to offer options for day and evening classes.

Due to the overwhelming demand, it is unlikely that every person who applies will be able to receive classroom training. Online manufacturing training is available while waiting for classroom training along with American Job Center services for  those who  need assistance finding work.


Do I get paid wages during the classroom training?


There are no wages paid during the classroom training.


What happens after the classroom training?


Many of the graduates earn interviews from regional manufacturers that include additional on-the-job training. Graduates may find positions with EAMA-member companies, which includes EB, or other manufacturers. Interested employers may visit the class during training. Job search assistance is available upon class completion. It is recommended that graduates attend the Interviewing and Resume Writing workshops available at the local American Job Center to prepare for interview success.

NOTE: To work at EB, candidates must pass an employment interview, drug test, physical, and security clearance.


What do I need to do to get into the Program?

1.    Complete the application on the EWIB website (www.ewib.org/pipeline). You will receive a confirmation email. *Add: workskills2020@gmail.com to your address book or check your spam box for this incoming email! This email is important as it comes with instructions on how to schedule the Manufacturing Skills Inventory Session along with a link to the “Next Steps” document.

2.     Attend a Manufacturing Skills Inventory (MSI) session. Your current skills will be measured to demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the classroom training. This session covers shop math, measurements, and spatial reasoning. A welding portion may be added if the applicant desires welding training. An average score of 70% is required to advance to classroom training.

The MSI is scheduled frequently and held at convenient locations (Montville American Job Center, Danielson American Job Center, Willimantic American Job Center, Three Rivers Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College and the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center at Grasso Tech).

To best prepare for the MSI, review the Preparing For the MSI Document. Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements of the Manufacturing Skills Inventory will be offered an intensive two-week Education Refresher course (when available) to improve their scores or be referred to the American Job Center for further assistance.

3.     Completing a profile on the CT Department of Labor’s website (www.CTHires.com) If you are using CT Hires to find a job, you will need to upload a resume on your profile.  If you need help with your resume, you can attend the Fundamentals of Resume Writing Workshop or the CTHires Resume Builder Workshop at your local American Job Center.

If you need assistance completing a profile on CTHires.com, visit the CTHires Registration or Related Workshops section of this website.

4.     Once these steps are completed, contact Jennifer Proulx (Jennifer.Proulx@ct.gov or 860-848-5202) to Schedule an Orientation where you will learn more about the training, job search opportunities available and hear about jobs at EB & EAMA.

5.    If you are primarily interested in Electric Boat, complete a profile on Electric Boat’s website (www.gdeb.com/careers).

Apply to specific positions you are interested in by clicking the "Search Jobs" button. Also be sure to apply to the "Talent Pool" to maximize your opportunities for hire by selecting the "Join Our Talent Pool" button at the bottom of the page. Enter your Email Address and select Jobs of Interest. Be sure to upload your Resume. For assistance creating a resume, visit the Related Workshops section of this website for more information about resources available at the American Job Centers.


Concerned about driving to Electric Boat's Quonset Point, Rhode Island Location? Ride Share services are available through Enterprise. 

For information about commuter services to Quonset Point, Rhode Island click here.


Electric Boat in Groton also provides a Van Pool Service to its employees who live farther away. Their Van Pools meet at specific locations throughout Connecticut and transport employees to EB in Groton. They will also bring the employees back to the same spot where they were picked up to go home.


Important Notes:

  1. If you change your e-mail address or phone number, you should e-mail your changes to: information@ewib.org. Please be sure to include your name and specify what has changed since you applied on the EWIB Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline portal (i.e., phone, e-mail, etc.).
  2. If you are no longer interested in the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline, and do not wish to pursue training and/or job search assistance, please e-mail information@ewib.org to notify us. It would be very helpful to know why you are withdrawing (i.e., got a job, moved, no longer interested, other).

Is there assistance while in the Program?

Yes, there are supportive services available to participants while in classroom training. Examples include: travel reimbursement, daycare assistance, and required books, tools, and clothing. Additionally, there is a cash stipend awarded to participants for successful completion of classroom training benchmarks.



FAQ - Eligibility



Who is eligible for the Program?


The program targets unemployed/underemployed CT Residents & others. Applicants that are 18 or older and authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the Program. Residents of other states may be eligible if they are 18 or older and are authorized to work in the U.S.*

Due to the hours of the training classes, if you are working in a full-time position, it may be challenging to accommodate both your job and the training class.

*Applicants must be U.S. Citizens to qualify to work at EB.


FAQ - Electric Boat Job Descriptions



What types of jobs are available at Electric Boat?

Examples of jobs available at Electric Boat include

  • Outside Electrician
  • Electro-Mechanic
  • Outside Machinist
  • Outside Electrician
  • Inside Machinist
  • CNC Milling Machinist
  • Sheetmetal Worker
  • Carpenter
  • Shipfitter
  • Pipefitter
  • Welder
  • Designer
  • Rigger

CLICK HERE for Job Descriptions



FAQ - EAMA Companies


What companies belong to the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance?

Visit EAMA's Website to view member companies.

What types of jobs are available at EAMA companies?

  • Assembler
  • Extruder Operator
  • Fabricator
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Production Worker
  • Quality Inspector
  • Welder



FAQ - Other


How will this program affect my Unemployment Benefits?


Participation in this training program will not stop or extend your Unemployment Benefits. All unemployed and underemployed individuals interested in the program will be given equal consideration.






Completion of this application is required to advance to the next step.