Summer 2019 FAME eNews
From the Chair: Dave Phillips
(FAME Chair; Training Manager, GW Lisk)


FAME is over 10 years old and so much has changed, still there is much to do. When I entered the workforce in 1978, it wasn’t a question of if I would find a job as a machinist, it was where I would go to be a machinist. It was a good time to enter the trade, Tech centers were full, apprenticeships were in full swing, and there were plenty of older machinists willing to mentor the new wave of budding machinists.

If you take a look at the historical time line it becomes more clear. Even though manufacturing jobs were in decline there was also another dynamic occurring. All those people who had re-joined the workforce after World War 2 were retiring and creating open positions. Many who started in machining then were fortunate to benefit from the guidance and mentoring from those “old school journeymen”. Even though manufacturing was entering the computer age, the skills learned from our predecessors were key to our growth.

History is repeating itself and we need to be ready. Tech centers are seeing increases in enrollment and apprenticeships are reemerging, and we are starting to see a wave of retirements as that next generation of manufacturing journey men and women come of age. As we go forward, we all have a part to play in keeping a strong pipeline in advanced manufacturing up and running.
October is National Manufacturing Month, and the 4 th is Manufacturing Day. Many companies will be hosting plant tours or working with their local schools to help educate people about advanced manufacturing opportunities. If you are unable to host a plant tour, you may want to have a booth at Finger Lakes Works with Their Hands . This event has grown to over 650 attending students from the Finger Lakes school districts and 45+ exhibitors. It’s a great opportunity to show off the face of modern manufacturing and get people excited about manufacturing careers.

Thank you for your support of FAME,
Dave Phillips, Chair
Many thanks to M&T Bank for their contribution to FAME's Student Scholarship Fund!  

Thank you to M&T Bank for their generosity - contributing an additional $5,000 to FAME's Student Scholarship fund in July! This fund provides a student scholarship each year to a student at FLCC who is pursuing an education that prepares them for employment in advanced manufacturing. The fund was started in 2015, and has supported four scholarship winners to date! For additional information on the fund, click HERE
Congratulations to the 2019 SAME (Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience) graduates!

Congratulations to all of the 2019 SAME graduates! Offered via two regional BOCES in July this year (Monroe 2 BOCES and Wayne FL BOCES), the program continues to grow and thrive! S tudents in 8th -10th grade toured the following companies: Advanced Atomization Technologies; Global Packaging Systems; Harbec; Optimax Systems; OptiPro Systems; Progressive Machine and Design.   Students get hands-on experience in manufacturing and welding, while earning credits at MCC.
SAME students at Harbec Plastics in Ontario.
SAME students tour AATech in Clyde.
Manufacturing Month - Coming up in October!

What's coming up this Fall? Manufacturing Month activities! Starting with Finger Lakes Works With Their Hands on October 3rd at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls - featuring an Edge Factor theater this year! - and followed by national Manufacturing Day on October 4th, there are some terrific additional regional offerings. We are expecting a proclamation from the Monroe County Executive’s Office and we encourage you to consider holding open houses and/or plant tours for local schools and businesses in your area during the month of October. Listed below are some events that have already been scheduled:

Finger Lakes Works With Their Hands – October 3. This event is open to any school in Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates counties. It provides students with inter-active, hands-on experiences with various trades and career opportunities. Registration required.

Optimax Manufacturing Day Event – October 10. This event will be open to educators and businesses. Various speakers from MCC, FLCC, RTMA, etc. will explain new and continuing programs to expose students to careers in manufacturing. Contact:

RBJ Technology and Manufacturing Awards – October 16. This event, co-sponsored by RTMA, will honor industry leaders in the Rochester area for their various contributions towards supporting and growing manufacturing. Contact:

NYMAT 5-axis Machine Seminar – October 30. This event is open to the manufacturing community and will explain the benefits of 5-axis machining and explore costs, programming and inspection. To register, contact:

NYMAT “Tech for Teachers” – October 30. This is an opportunity for technology teachers to be updated and exposed to some of the latest technology being used in today’s manufacturing. Such things as 5-axis machining, CAD/CAM programming, Robots vs Cobots, Additive 3D printing and automated inspection. To register, contact:
Next FAME Pipeline/Hiring & Training Committee Meeting - September 26

The next meeting of FAME's Pipeline and Hiring & Training Committees will be held on September 26 from 8:30-10:30AM at NYMAT . To attend, please contact Michele at FAME, email:
Phone: 315-521-7826 Email: