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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 2:33pm

The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved three additional certificate programs for JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean.

The one-year programs – computer-aided design and computer numerical control, industrial equipment technology, and machine tool technology – join the welding technology certificate program currently offered at the facility.

“Employer need for the programs was determined through discussions with manufacturers in the Cattaraugus County region,” said Jean Schrader, dean of JCC’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics division.

“Graduates of the programs will have developed skills necessary to either gain employment or enhance career opportunities,” she added. After receiving a certificate, students may also choose to continue their education by completing additional coursework toward an associate’s degree.

“Impending retirements will soon create a shortage of qualified machinists, drafters, engineers, CAD operators, and welders that support industry operations,” noted Jeff Teluk, director of engineering science and technology. “JCC is positioned to provide the education and training needed to meet those industry needs.”

The MTI facility, equipped with a broad range of new welding and machining equipment to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, opened in fall 2016. The Manley Memorial Trust recently provided funds to purchase three additional welding units for use in JCC’s welding technology program.

Scholarship funds, provided by area businesses to support workforce development efforts, are earmarked for students in programs at MTI. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester in any of the four certificate programs or must be taking remedial or prerequisite courses to enter those programs.

The IET certificate prepares students to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment used in a manufacturing or facilities environment. The program core focuses on automation systems used in advanced manufacturing and facilities maintenance. Courses emphasize the fundamentals of AC/DC electricity, programmable logic controllers, electric motors and controls, hydraulics and pneumatics, manual and CNC machining, and welding.

Students in the machine tool technology certificate program will become proficient in the operation of basic machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and precision measurement equipment.

The CAD/CNC certificate program prepares students for entry level manufacturing positions requiring skills in engineering drawing, computer-aided design, and computer numerical control.

Details on the programs can be obtained by calling JCC’s admissions office, 716.376.7501 or visiting the MTI Olean page.

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