MAC staff will be host office hours on the second Wednesday of every month at the CEC to answer questions and talk about the programs provided!
Since 1994, the University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) has connected thousands of people with careers in advanced manufacturing. As an initiative of the Department of Industrial Engineering, the MAC offers courses in Machining, CNC Operations/Programming and Advanced CNC/Mastercam (CAD/CAM) applications and has a 95% job placement rate.
The Allegheny Conference projects that there will be around 22,000 available manufacturing jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania during the next five years so these are all high-priority occupations. Manufacturing companies call the MAC daily, looking for CNC Operators, Programmers and Machinists and most students get job offers before they graduate, earning between $16-$22 an hour. Classes range between 6-18 weeks in length and are held Monday – Friday from 8am-4pm. Students graduate with a certificate from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering as well as all of their required training instruction hours towards their registered apprenticeship/journeyperson papers. The only requirements to start at the MAC are having a High School equivalency/GED, pass a basic math test and fill out an application.
The MAC also just opened a Makerspace that is free for the community and includes 3D printers, lasers, textile tools, a lean cell accelerator for manufacturing startups and small business development assistance from Pitt’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence. Stop by to learn more about Pitt’s Manufacturing Assistance Center!