Machinist training program begins in August

JAMESTOWN – New York state residents who have been unemployed long-term may have the opportunity to participate in a new advanced manufacturing training program.

The Machinist Training Program, offered Aug. 27 through May 15, 2014, will be conducted on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. The program provides training that is immediately applicable in a machining environment and helpful in other areas such as drafting and mechanical engineering.

Individuals who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or more may be eligible to attend an advanced manufacturing training program at no cost. The program covers all classroom tuition and material costs, which are typically $3,700, and focuses on knowledge and hands-on training that prepares participants for employment as entry level machinists.

The program includes classroom and hands-on training and consists of a mixture of college credit (15 hours) and non-credit classes spread over 12 months. Training for the manufacturing environment including drafting, shop math, CNC machining, teamwork and lean manufacturing processes.

JCC received a grant award via funding through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s Consolidated Funding Application to offer the Machinist Training Program. Participants must make a commitment to complete the program.

Various manufacturers provided input into creating the program by identifying a need for skilled, qualified machinists to fill vacancies in their organizations. Certain manufacturers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties have agreed to consider Machinist Training Program graduates for possible employment.

For more information about the program, contact Grant Umberger at 338-1336.