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Workforce Development

Workforce Development
Workforce Development

The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) has its origins in workforce development in the 1950s. Recognizing the need for a steady flow of qualified skilled workers, the owners of tooling and machining companies joined together and created the Rochester Tooling and Machining Institute. The school generated hundreds of candidates for the manufacturing workforce. In the mid 1990's, the RTMA conveyed its school to Monroe Community College (MCC). Today, its members serve on the MCC Advisory Board for the Precision Machining Program.

The RTMA recognizes that technology intensive and dynamic advanced manufacturers require highly skilled workers to perform at leading-edge levels and compete globally. In order to facilitate the development of skilled workers, the RTMA provides the following benefits:

  • Instruction through Tooling University at no cost to the member. Tooling University is the nation's number one manufacturing-specific online training service. It offers real-world, practical, and technical education with more than 400 unique online classes targeted to engineers, machinists, press operators, assemblers, and industrial maintenance professionals. Course content has been developed to provide innovative learning tools that help manufacturers bolster their expertise and leverage their workforce to successfully compete in today's economy.  
  • Tooling University Course Catalog 2016
  • Tooling U-SME Brochure

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  • Subsidized MasterCam Training is provided through OptiPro, a certified reseller and training facility for Mastercam, the world's most popular CAD/CAM Software. Training is provided at OptiPro's state-of-the-art facility from beginner to advanced levels.


  • The RTMA provides an Employee Placement Service in order to assist its members in acquiring qualified skilled employees.
    The benefits of the RTMA Employee Placement Service are as follows:
    • Searched, interviewed and pre-qualified resumes.
    • Job/career fairs attended to collect resumes for member review.
    • A modest fee is charged (10% of first year salary), which is 50% less cost than staffing agencies.
    • Placement fees paid to the RTMA fund member benefit programs.
  • To encourage education and training in Precision Machining, the RTMA offers several scholarships. The target market for this assistance is students enrolling in the Precision Machining Program at MCC's Applied Technologies Center. Member employees are eligible. All applications must be submitted to Christina Soliday, RTMA Office Manager, email: or hard copy submitted to RTMA Office, 2485 W. Henrietta Road, Suite 152 Rochester, NY 14623. Click below to download scholarship information and application (.pdf).
  • James M. Nieboer Scholarship Fund
  • Tooling and Machining (TAM) Endowed Scholarship
  • National Manufacturing Day is a celebration of Advanced Manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology, the RTMA annually promotes an event to improve the public perception of manufacturing careers, and manufacturing's value within the Greater Rochester Economy.