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 Level 1 course is offered online and can be started at any time. Once completed, students can move on to an intensive two-week boot camp (Level 2) that builds on existing knowledge and skills.
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.
The introductory level is delivered entirely online, and it takes between 18-25 hours to complete the classes, which cover:
- Basic shop math
- Precision measurement
- Computer literacy skills
- Safety concepts
- Effective communication skills
This is an 85-hour intensive "boot camp" offered over two weeks. 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.
- 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 http://hvcc.metrixlearning.com/sd/sduserhvcc.cfm.
Login at http://hvcc.metrixlearning.com/.
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)
- In August 2017, the online job search engine Indeed.com 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:
- Production worker
- Assembly worker
- Manufacturing technician
- Assistant operator
- Chemical operator
Associate Dean, TEC-SMART