Finger Lakes Community College and ITT Goulds Pumps have signed an agreement to expand the college’s advanced manufacturing machinist program to the company’s facility in Seneca Falls.
The college’s partnership with the global industrial pump manufacturer will allow more people to enter a six-month program that provides training in skills in high demand in the Finger Lakes region.
“ITT Goulds Pumps is making a significant investment by making room at its facility for this program. We know the best training takes place in an industry setting, so we could not have done this without them,” said Lynn Freid, FLCC director of workforce development.
Anyone interested in the program should attend an information and interview session on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. at ITT Goulds Pumps, 240 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Signups will be handled by the FLCC Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at (585) 785-1906.
Students study technical math, machine shop safety, robotics, metallurgy, engineering drawing, geometric dimensioning and CNC, or computer-controlled, mill and lathe operation.
“This program will help bring needed manufacturing skills to ITT Goulds Pumps. Along with the investments in our business, this is an equally important investment in talent to prepare us for the future,” said Mike Dellefave, director and general manager for the company’s engineered products operation.
FLCC first developed the program in 2011 with G.W. Lisk Co., a maker of solenoids and valves in Clifton Springs, to address a persistent need among advanced manufacturers in the region for skilled workers. Graduates of the previous four six-month sessions all had jobs or job offers by the end of the program.
“These partnerships effectively impact a skilled workforce pipeline. Class sizes are small due to the need for one-on-one interaction with the instructor and the ability to practice on the most modern equipment. This is why industry partners like ITT Goulds Pumps are so important,” Freid said.