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Machining/Manufacturing Alliance

  • Machining/Manufacturing Alliance (MMA)

    The MMA was established to form a partnership between Erie Community College and local manufacturing companies for the benefit of both industry and students. ECC works to educate the future manufacturing workforce. This Alliance provides a crucial connection to industry to ensure ECC is meeting the training needs of local manufacturers.

  • Employer Information

    Posting Jobs: If you are interested in posting a job please contact Nate Witkowski at (716) 270-5896 or send them directly to witkowskin@ecc.edu.   The job posting will be shared with all current and former students. 

    ECC Career Services: Career Services assist ECC students with resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills and searching for employment opportunities.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the benefit of joining the Machining Manufacturing Alliance?

      Joining the MMA connects you to the Industrial Technology department at ECC. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on curriculum and will have access to our graduates’ resumes as soon as they are ready to enter the workforce.
    2. Is there a cost to joining the MMA?

      No, there is no fee to join the MMA.
    3. What are my responsibilities if I join the MMA?

      You will be asked to attend one or two meetings per year where department faculty will present any curriculum changes. We ask that you provide feedback and suggestions to help us continually improve our program. If you are a member we ask that you provide tours for students as requested in an effort to recruit young people to manufacturing.
  • News and Announcements

    ECC makes it a “great eight” at Mastercam design competition

    For the past seven years, students of Erie Community College’s exemplary Industrial Technology Program have enjoyed an award-winning presence on the national stage of Mastercam’s Wildest Parts design competition. This year, they continued what has now become an annual tradition of design dominance.  

    In a field open to students from nearly 75,000 schools around the country, ECC’s David Chrapa and Tom McDonough notched first and second place overall as the college’s participants once again mastered the decades-old contest’s Postsecondary Division. This is the eighth year in-a-row that an ECC student has been awarded either first, second or third place in the event, which challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software. 

    Lancaster native Chrapa earned first place for his Ferris Wheel project, one that he made as a working model that his kids might enjoy. In order to create this rotating apparatus, David did much of his designing within SOLIDWORKS and brought his CAD files into Mastercam. He created some of his own fixtures and used a mill, a lathe, and a waterjet, with some components being machined first on the waterjet and then on the mill.

    Eden resident McDonough took second prize for his Model 3 Steam/Air Engine, which can actually run on 1psi of air/steam, but can also withstand 90+psi. In creating this part, Tom learned a lot about feeds and speeds of different materials, making fixtures, and how to run Mastercam efficiently. In all, he estimates that he invested 70‐80 hours into machining the model along with many more hours invested in designing and programming the part.

    This victory is the latest achievement for an ECC Industrial Technology Program that is leading the way in Western New York advanced manufacturing by providing trained graduates to answer the region’s dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians. Its enrollment has surged over the past decade and is now utilizing state-of-the-art training labs and advanced equipment for students eager to enter the area’s expanding industry. 

    New Equipment Purchased through Perkins Grant

    The Industrial Technology department has received a Perkins Grant to purchase 4 new Lathes, 4 new milling machines, and a VF3 CNC Mill.  The new Lathes will allow ECC to greatly enhance the IT121 Machine Tools I Course, with some curriculum revisions, resulting in higher student outcomes.  In addition, the department has purchased 5 Fanuc CNC Simulators.  Syracuse Supply has matched ECC’s purchased of the 5 simulators by donating five simulators to the college.  These simulators are dual in nature, providing simulation for both CNC Mill and Lathe simulation.  The Fanuc simulators have long been requested by industry to enhance the program by offering valuable industry experience to our students.  These simulators will be utilized in 3 different courses within the department.  IT102 CNC Mill Programming, IT103 CNC Lathe Programming, and IT202 Advanced CNC.

    Joining the Machining/Manufacturing Alliance

    The Machining/Manufacturing Alliance is open to all. If you would like to join, please complete the membership form or contact Nate Witkowski at witkowskin@ecc.edu or by calling (716) 270-5896.