Manufacturing Technology Pathways Project

There are many entry-level manufacturing jobs in the Capital Region, and most require a high school degree or equivalent plus some additional skills training.

Hudson Valley Community College's Manufacturing Technology Pathways allow students to get that training through two "stackable" credit-free courses leading to entry level positions in basic manufacturing assembly and warehousing.

The program is designed for adults who want to join the manufacturing workforce, but may not have the time or ability to commit to a full degree of certificate program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. It also provides access to a variety of local manufacturers who seek entry level employees.

The Manufacturing Technology Pathways project is funded through a SUNY workforce development grant, with additional support from the New York State Workforce Development Institute, Center for Economic Growth and local manufacturing employers.

Level 1
The introductory level is delivered entirely online and can be started at any time. It takes between 10-15 hours to complete the classes, which cover:

  • Basic shop math
  • Precision measurement
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Safety concepts
  • Effective communication skills

Level 2
This is an 85-hour intensive "boot camp" offered over two weeks as follows:

May 14 - 25, 2018
Class meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Lang Technical Building. Students must register by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11.

This hybrid model includes online classes, in-person instruction and hands-on instruction in classrooms and labs at Hudson Valley Community College's Lang Technical Building. Training will build on the skills and knowledge learned in Level 1, however you do not have to complete Level 1 prior to taking Level 2.

  • Precision measurement skills
  • Elementary blueprint reading
  • Principles of simple Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) devices
  • Simple manufacturing obstacles
  • Group dynamics and critical thinking
  • High performance and lean manufacturing concepts

What does it cost?
There is no cost for Level 1. Level 2 tuition is $150.

How do I get started?
Complete the short registration form at

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Related News

Times Union coverage: Laying down the path to manufacturing jobs (Nov. 4, 2017)

Hudson Valley and Center for Economic Growth Hold Event to Announce New Manufacturing Technology Pathways Training Program (Oct. 26, 2017)

Fast Facts

  • In August 2017, the online job search engine listed 2,354 entry-level and mid-level manufacturing jobs available within 100 miles of the Capital Region. Salaries range between $28,000 and $56,000.
  • According to the NYS Department of Labor, the region and the state are both projected to show solid growth in advanced manufacturing, with the region expecting 13,320 jobs by 2022 and the state expecting 168,730 openings by 2024.
  • Retirements will create more vacancies that need to be filled with trained manufacturing technicians.

Manufacturing employers now hiring:

Open positions:

  • Production worker
  • Assembly worker
  • Manufacturing technician
  • Assistant operator
  • Chemical operator

More information:

Penny Hill
Associate Dean, TEC-SMART
(518) 629-7075