Rochester Tooling & Machining Association

Technical Education


Manufacturing accounts for 24% of the private sector jobs in New York State, yet the majority of today's skilled workforce is retiring. As a result, the size of the workforce is declining. With this in mind, now is the best time to encourage our young mechanically gifted students to enroll in Technical Education in the Manufacturing and Machine Tool Industry.

The RTMA is strategically located in Monroe Community College's (MCC) Applied Technologies Center ( in Rochester, New York and is actively involved in the MCC Tooling and Machining Program Advisory Board. Members of the RTMA serve on the Upstate New York BOCES #1 and #2 Advisory Boards, School-to-Work initiatives and the new Workforce Investment Boards.

Every year, the RTMA Board of Directors, along with their association members, host high school tours for students, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. If you are interested in joining our "tour team" please contact the
RTMA office.

A Leading Source of Solutions for Manufacturers
The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at Rochester Institute of Technology provides technology assistance, testing and work force training to companies in a wide variety of industries. Through these partnerships the center has assisted firms in improving internal processes, reducing operating costs, and decreasing or eliminating the use of hazardous materials. These technology and workforce development successes have assisted firms in enhancing global competitiveness while also improving environmental quality.

CIMS’ capabilities include Lean and Six Sigma training & application, ergonomics and health & safety training, clean technologies development, reverse engineering, technology testing and implementation and facility planning.

Located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology, CIMS represents a dynamic collaboration of in-house technical expertise, as well as academic, industry and government resources. The center can also assist firms in accessing information regarding state and federal funding opportunities for training and technical assistance.

For more information regarding CIMS’ services or to sign up for an upcoming training program please visit the following Web site.


Erie Community College also provides programs for local industries with courses that bring employee skills up to a specific level for given positions, including apprenticeships. Employers can have certain ECC courses become designated electives for current and future employees while still encouraging and supporting attainment of another degree.

Every year, the RTMA Board of Directors, along with their association members, host high school tours for students, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators. If you are interested in joining our "Tour Team" please contact the RTMA Office.

The RTMA is dedicated to promoting significant interest in the industry's skilled trades. The association also believes that encouraging apprenticeships in its member companies helps support the industry's future.

Alfred State College, an associate member of RTMA, offers an associate degree program which includes a full year of basic machine tool classes and a full year of CNC machine tool classes. The second year of the program is conducted in an industrial setting at facilities at nearby Dresser-Rand, Wellsville. We have a very active Skills USA organization that annually sends students to compete at nationals.