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.

Manufacturing 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.

Program Description

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.

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 80-hour intensive bootcamp offered over two weeks as follows:

Jan. 7 - 18, 2019
Class meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  in the Lang Technical Building. Students must register by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

An information session will be held in Lang, room 206, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for individuals and organizations who wish to learn more about the bootcamp.

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?
To begin the program, students must complete a short non-credit online course. Prospective students can register at

What does it cost?
Thanks to a generous grant from the Center for Economic Growth and KeyBank, there is no cost to attend.

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
  • AMRI, Rensselaer
  • Owens Corning, Selkirk
  • Ball Metal Container, Saratoga
  • CentroTherm, Albany
  • Latham Pool Products, Latham
  • And more...

Open positions:

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

More information:

To enroll or to find out more information, contact Penny Hill in the college’s Office of Workforce Development at (518) 629-4827 or