Hands-on training helps students enter the manufacturing workforce early.
And that’s the goal of the Institute of Manufacturing Technologies at Jamestown Community College. MTI, 512 Falconer St., hosted the Manufacturing and Technology Expo on Thursday, giving his P-Tech students in Dunkirk and Springville the opportunity to network and learn about various technology products such as CAD/CAM software. robotics and automation, machining and tooling.
“This is a great event,” said Todd Tranum, executive director of the Southern Tier Manufacturers Association and president of Dream It Do It in Western New York. Grant Umberger, director of workforce development at the JCC, agreed.
“We are the training arm of a university, and we provide training solutions that help individuals get jobs quickly,” he said.
Liam Rivera, his Senior P-Tech in Dunkirk, is familiar with the JCC MTI facility and passionate about developing mechanical engineering skills.
Students also learned about the technology through live his demonstrations, interactive breakout sessions, and meetings with various vendors.
“I took a mechanical engineering course in his junior year,” Rivera says. “I work half day at P-tech and half day at JCC, so I spend my Fridays here. My dream job would probably be to be an architect. I love craft builds. , P-Tech has really helped me.”
Not only will P-Tech show him hands-on work, but P-Tech will also give him access to mechanical and digital technology, Rivera added.
Steve Myers of Applied Industrial Technologies, in Erie, Pennsylvania, said he came to help sell industrial products. “We work with local manufacturers. We provide products and services that support local manufacturers, and today we share that information with everyone,” Myers said. says. Head of engineering and mechanical engineering Jeffrey Teluk said businesses in the region had the opportunity to network and show students classrooms and workplaces.
“We also invited students to get a better idea of what [work] opportunities are out there. You can get the information you need,” says Teluk. Another similar networking event will be held in the spring, and students will be required to dress for the occasion, possibly for interviews with prospective employers looking to hire workers.