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.
Manufacturing Fast Facts
- 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.
Hudson Valley Community College's Manufacturing Technology Pathways allow students to get that training through two "stackable" credit-free courses leading to entry level jobs in basic manufacturing positions.
The program is designed as a first step 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 will provide students with access to a variety of local manufacturers who seek entry level employees.
The Manufacturing Technology Pathways project is partially funded through a grant Center for Economic Growth received from Key Bank. Additional support comes from the Workforce Development Institute of New York, and local manufacturing employers.
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.
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
This is an 80-hour intensive "boot camp" offered over two weeks as follows:
July 30 -Aug. 10, 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, July 27.
In level 2, you will learn:
- Precision measurement skills
- Elementary blueprint reading
- Principles of simple Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) devices
- Simple manufacturing obstacles
- High performance and lean manufacturing concepts
How do I get started?
Complete the short registration form at http://hvcc.metrixlearning.com/sd/sduserhvcc.cfm.
What does it cost?
There is no cost for Level 1. Level 2 tuition is $600. This cost will typically be covered by training funds offered at the Rensselaer County One-Stop Employment Center. Contact Bill Morrison, senior workforce advisor, at (518) 270-2871 to make an appointment to apply for training funds.
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)
Manufacturing employers now hiring include:
- Finch Paper, Glens Falls
- Specialty Silicone Products, Inc., Ballston Spa
- Simmons Machine Tool Corporation, Albany
- Momentive, Waterford
- Greno Industries, Scotia
- Watervliet Arsenal
- Ft. Orange Press, Albany
- Troy Industrial Solutions, Watervliet
- Pacamor Kubar Bearing, Troy
- GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Malta
- AMRI, Rensselaer
- Owens Corning, Selkirk
- Ball Metal Container, Saratoga
- CentroTherm, Albany
- Latham Pool Products, Latham
- And more...
- Production worker
- Assembly worker
- Manufacturing technician
- Assistant operator
- Chemical operator
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