The governor met with students and faculty at Springfield Technical Community College to discuss the importance of investing in education and growing the state’s economy.
On this day the governor focussed on the Machinist Training Program within the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at STCC,”We’ve had an opportunity to tour a really important program here that is supplying that the talent or precision manufacturing industry needs here in the commonwealth, this is an industry that is coming back and coming back strong,” says Patrick.
This machinist training program allows students to learn skills that will pay big dividends in the future, and there are plenty of jobs out there when they graduate,”I’ll be honest with you, right now we have more jobs than we have students to fill them, the demand has been incredible lately, I know we’re working on some programs with Pratt and Whitney and some of the engineers there have told me this is the largest amount of business they’ve had in a long time,” says Gary Masciadrelli, Dept. Chair of the STCC mechanical Engineering Technology Program.
The students in the program are looking forward to furthering their education in this field and landing a job when they graduate,”Working with design, blueprints, rather than the actual manufacturing working on the machines this is what I’m interested in more” says Carlos Nunez a student at STCC.
Laura Chavez is also enrolled in the program,”I’m hoping to get into a four-year university to get my masters in mechanical engineering so I can get a good job in designing like technology or cars for example, if not I’ll just go and get my associates or bachelors in engineering,” says Chavez.
Governor Patrick says there will be 100-thousand manufacturing jobs to fill in Massachusetts over the next 10 years.