Hands-on training helps students enter the manufacturing workforce faster.
And that’s the goal of Jamestown Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Institute. MTI, 512 Falconer St., hosted a Manufacturing and Technology Expo Thursday that gave P-Tech students from Dunkirk and Springville the opportunity to network and learn about a variety of technology products such as CAD/CAM software, 3- Learn about D-scanning, robotics and automation, and machining and tooling.
“This is a great event. We are very happy to be a part of it.” said Todd Tranum, executive director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and president of Dream It Do It of Western New York.
JCC Workforce Development Director Grant Umberger agreed.
“We are the training arm of the college and we provide training solutions that enable individuals to go straight into employment,” said Umberger.
Students also learned about technology through live demo launches, interactive breakout sessions, and meetings with a variety of vendors.
Liam Rivera, Senior at P-Tech in Dunkirk, is very familiar with the JCC MTI facility and wants to develop skills in mechanical technology.
“I took a mechanical engineering course in my junior year,” Rivera said. “I spend my Fridays here because I work half days at P-tech and half days at JCC. My dream job would probably be to become an architect. I love craft building. I love building and P-Tech has really helped me with that.”
Rivera added that not only does P-Tech show him hands-on work, P-Tech also gives him access to machine work and digital technologies.
“You (P-Tech) have been an incredible help,” noted Rivera.
Steve Myers of Applied Industrial Technologies in Erie, Pa. said he was there to support industrial sales.
“We work with local manufacturers. We bring products and services to help local manufacturers, and we’re sharing the information with everyone today.” said Myers.
Jeffrey Teluk, director of engineering and mechanical technology, said companies in the area had an opportunity to network and show students a classroom versus a workplace.
“We also invited students to get a better picture of what (jobs) are out there in terms of skills. Students also get contextual information about what we’re showing in a classroom versus what’s out there in the real world.” said Teluk.
Teluk said another similar networking event will be held in the spring, requiring students to wear situational attire for potential interviews with potential employers looking to hire workers.
“They (the students) actually get a chance to get hired.” remarked Teluk.
Randy Biebel of FARO Technologies, Inc., based in Exton, Pennsylvania, showed the students what 3D scanning entails.
Biebel said he takes an object and scans it in several different orientations to create an STL (stereolithography) model. STL is the file type needed to print a 3D copy of the object.
“It only took a few moments and we were scanning with a laser.” said Bibel.
Tranum said more young talent is needed in the manufacturing workforce.