RIT commemorates Manufacturing Day with Corvette engine build and demonstrations

By by Michelle Cometa, for Rochester Institute of Technology

Oct 06, 2016

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Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting members of the General Motors Powertrain plant as part of National Manufacturers Day, Oct. 7 at the university. The team will break down and re-build a Corvette engine from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the atrium of RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

According to the Manufacturing Institute, there remains a skill gap of more than 2 million openings over the next decade for manufacturing positions, from skilled production workers to engineers, scientists and researchers. Between 2004 and 2012, U.S. manufacturing industry lost $9 billion to $25 billion per year of output because of open positions that went unfilled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“RIT’s manufacturing, mechanical, electrical-mechanical, and electrical engineering technology programs educate students to adapt, grow, and succeed in a highly competitive workplace,” said Robert Garrick, professor and acting department chair of CAST’s Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department.

General Motors donated two industrial robots to RIT’s Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department last year, and part of the Manufacturing Day lineup will be a demonstration by RIT students and GM engineers of the robots. GM Tonawanda Engine Plant Manager Steve Finch will participate in that demonstration and discuss manufacturing industry trends and how students prepare for manufacturing positions with companies.

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