UTICA – The Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) offers many services to the manufacturing industry in the Mohawk Valley region under the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership ( MEP) place.
“We are one of 11 MEP centers in New York state,” said AIM Director Cory Albrecht. The organization serves Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, and Schoharie counties as a central access point for manufacturing and technology services. “Our mission is to support small and medium-sized businesses in the Mohawk Valley region, helping them grow their businesses and be more profitable,” he noted.
Some programming topics AIM covers to help businesses include lean manufacturing, lean to sigma, cybersecurity, risk assessment and training, and quality control, to name two. three people.
“We have an amazing program for middle managers and executives,” says Albrecht.
AIM also offers training in areas such as welding, CNC machining, mechanical, electrical, and HVAC in conjunction with MVCC. As the only MEP at a community college, AIM has access to college credit programs and brings that training to the manufacturing plant. door, Albrecht noted. In that way, AIM has helped companies like Oriskany Manufacturing and Bartell Machinery Systems, both of which need qualified engineers.
Businesses struggle because trained workers don’t exist anymore, Albrecht said. “These companies are forced to change their thinking and change their approach to employee development.” Working with AIM is one way companies can get the training workers they need to do these jobs, he said.
While AIM continues to offer the right combination, Albrecht says the organization is working hard to provide companies with what they need. “Every business that we go into, they ask us for employees,” he said, “so the development of employees is still an important part of the work.”
In that regard, AIM has partnered with schools in the region to promote jobs in manufacturing. Locally, that could include the projects of Wolfspeed, Danfoss, and Indium Corporation.
AIM organizes field trips for high school counselors, administrators, and even CEOs to visit companies and learn firsthand about the jobs available.
“We need to give them the knowledge and build awareness of what the Mohawk Valley region needs,” Albrecht said.
AIM also recently visited the Rome Free Academy with FuzeHub and Professionals to present the work to more than 100 technology students. AIM also gifted the school with virtual reality (VR) headsets and free licenses for research projects. Albrecht said AIM was able to make a video about what it’s like to work at local manufacturing companies like Fiber Instrument Sales Inc. and FX Matt Brewing Co. Students can explore welder, machinist, quality engineer, and other jobs with VR headsets.
It’s all about providing information and also breaking down barriers that can prevent people from working productively, Albrecht said. For many people, the perception of a manufacturing job may seem out of step with reality, he notes. Rather than a low-paying job in a dirty factory, that’s actually the opposite in many manufacturing environments today. “You wouldn’t believe what some of these top jobs pay,” he said.
New York state currently has more than 9,500 manufacturing jobs posted on Indeed.com, Albrecht said, and the average annual manufacturing salary in the state is $80,394.
While AIM can serve almost any manufacturing industry, it specializes in microelectronics and semiconductors, food and beverage, metal and wood, and distribution.