New High-Tech Advanced Manufacturing Program Starting This August at Onondaga Community College

June 25, 2014

The New York State Education Department has approved a certificate in Advanced Manufacturing – Machining program at Onondaga Community College. The one-year certificate program is designed to provide the skills necessary for employment in the machining industry including the coursework and hands-on skills necessary to enter the workforce. The certificate program will be offered beginning in the fall 2014 semester.

According to the Manufacturer’s Alliance of New York (MACNY), local manufacturers are challenged with finding skilled labor needed today to handle the kinds of sophisticated production processes and tasks required in a manufacturing environment. Students who successfully complete the Advanced Manufacturing – Machining certificate program will be able to apply for positions such as machinists and apprentices, machine operators, tool and die makers, machine setters, and tool grinders.

The program was created as part of a statewide consortium focused on solutions for people who have lost their jobs or are threatened with job loss as a result of foreign trade. The efforts are part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants (TAACCCT) program. Onondaga received $1.2 million for equipment and curriculum development focused in manufacturing areas. Displaced workers and unemployed veterans will be eligible for the program tuition free pending verification of their qualifications. For students entering the program with real-world experience there will be a prior learning assessment which may reward credit for years worked in a machine shop.

“SUNY’s 30 community colleges are workforce development engines for all of New York State, and we are proud to be preparing thousands of students for careers in advanced manufacturing and technology as a result of the TAACCCT program,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to Onondaga Community College and its business and economic development partners on achieving this important milestone – SUNY’s first new program to be developed with TAACCCT funds.”

“As the community’s college our mission includes responding to the needs of employers and graduates with high-level skills and technical expertise in fields that will grow and strengthen our economy. This new program in Advanced Manufacturing – Machining will be of tremendous benefit to students interested in learning marketable skills that will help them to secure employment in growing, high-demand industries,” said Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill.

Credits earned for the Advanced Manufacturing – Machining certificate may also be applied to the Mechanical Technology A.A.S. degree at Onondaga. Onondaga offers a working, state-of-the-art lab with technology and machinery currently in use in high-tech manufacturing environments. The program’s core and specialty courses focus on skills that provide the foundation for employment. Courses include solid modeling, CNC programming, computer drafting, and two intensive machine tools classes that give students the opportunity for hands-on experience.

More information on the program is available at

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