Finger Lakes Features: Joseph Dean, on Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways

FLWIB Executive Director Karen Springmeier and Joseph Dean at FAME’s annual event, hosted by MCC on April 30th

Advanced manufacturing is the practical application of science and technology. Companies have outgrown their pools of skilled workers, and are eagerly recruiting to train and fill these positions. There are a variety of post-secondary education programs available, which provide candidates the opportunity to acquire a real salary, gain on-the-job experience and earn a college degree. This is a risk-free stepping stone, which is applicable to many different career paths – even those beyond manufacturing.

I first learned about manufacturing at Monroe Community College. Through MCC and the NY Inspire Grant, I was able to complete the Precision Machining Certificate Program and receive entry level tools of the trade, all free of charge. The learning environment was truly immersive and laid a strong foundation with which I could enter the job market. While I was attending school, I began working part-time at Micro Instrument Corp, and was offered a full-time position upon graduation. In just six months, I was able to go from having no manufacturing experience to starting a new career.

I am a second-year tool maker’s apprentice at Micro Instrument Corp. My department specializes in low volume precision machining. I am given blueprints and models to use in order to manufacture parts to customer’s specifications. The planning and execution are left up to me, allowing me to incorporate my own creative process into each part. It is easy to compare this work to a game of chess, every move must be strategized, every move plays into a win or loss. I feel a strong emotional connection to the success or failure of each part I make.

I had initially pictured vocational training to provide a stable, but modest career path. On the contrary, Micro and the NYS Apprenticeship Program are strong advocates for higher education and are consistently pushing me to pursue my interests. I truly feel like I am at the beginning of my career. I am happy to have made this decision and encourage more to do the same.

Joseph Dean,
Second-year tool maker’s apprentice at Micro Instrument Corp.



Sponsored by:

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

WHEN:          Thursday, June 6th, 2019   9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:        Geneva Housing Authority Building, 41 Lewis St., Conference Room B, Geneva, New York

RSVP: Name, agency and job title to kspringmeier@fingerlakesworks.com or call 315-789-3131 Ext. 102 by May 24th, 2019    (Limited to 25 students)

WHY: Non-profit organizations have important missions to accomplish in today’s society.  Every Executive Director wants to dedicate all funds to accomplish the mission.  There is seldom any left over to help develop themselves and their management team.  This program is intended to support the management teams of non-profit organizations by helping them to improve their leadership skill sets without diverting funding intended for their mission and clients.

WHO: Supervisors, Managers and Directors of non-profit organizations.  Actually, anyone who has to get work accomplished through others’ efforts. 

WHAT:  One 4-hour training workshop.  The workshop reviews the following topics:

  • Performance Management – Setting Expectations
  • Performance Management – Coaching for Excellence
  • Performance Management – Counseling for Competence
  • Manager AND Leader; Embrace the Genius of “AND”

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Sheet Metal Workers, Local Union #46

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Sheet Metal Workers, Local Union #46, will conduct a recruitment from June 4, 2019 through May 5, 2020 for 10 sheet metal worker apprentices.

Applications may be obtained at Local Union #46, 244 Paul Road, Rochester, NY from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applicants must apply in person at the address listed above; applications may not leave the premises.

https://newyork.usnlx.com/viewjob.asp?sjobid=NY1303016 – Apprentice Sheet Metal Worker

Meeting of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

41 Lewis Street, Suite 104 Phone: (315) 789-3131
Geneva, NY 14456 Fax: (315) 789-0163
May 15, 2019
Contact: Jennifer May
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

Meeting Notice:

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Ramada Geneva Lakefront
41 Lakefront Dr., Geneva, NY

For more information please call, 315-789-3131 ext 101.

The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is to improve the economic well-being of job seekers and employees in the Finger Lakes region. The goal of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, increase occupational skill attainment by participants; and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce; reduce welfare dependency; and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the region.