Education & Consulting Services

Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC)

Manufacturing Meaningful Careers An initiative of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Industrial Engineering, the MAC is a technology transfer center with highly skilled staff and a working, state-of-the-art factory. The MAC’s mission is to assist manufacturers and individuals in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy via the use of advanced manufacturing technology and training. The MAC provides companies with: prototyping opportunities, hands-on training, and short-run manufacturing support. As a resource of the Industrial Engineering Department of the Swanson School of Engineering, the MAC provides quality training opportunities in an atmosphere where innovation meets advanced technology. The MAC helps students master the technical skills that employers are seeking and has a job placement rate of over 95%. Precision Manufacturing Training Programs Skilled workers are the most critical element of successful companies. Regardless of your prior experience, the MAC offers several training options for individuals interested in a rewarding career in manufacturing. Our full-time training programs run Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and provide individuals with quality training backed by a world-renowned university. MAC programs are approved for funding under the Workforce Investment Act and the Trade Adjustment Act. The MAC is also an approved GI Bill® training provider. Precision Manufacturing

  • The MAC’s precision manufacturing program combines classroom, shop and machine time to develop a graduate with manual machining and tooling skills. Trainees learn how to safely operate drills, mills, lathes, grinders and saws. They learn the proper use of inspection tools as well as applied mathematics. Students are also introduced to the operation of CNC mills and lathes.

CNC Operations and Programming

  • Students learn the CNC programming and operation skills employers find most difficult to connect with in our region’s job market. Students will learn the theory of G-Code machining language programming, production set-up, tool selection and the care and maintenance of the CNC mill and lathe.


7800 Susquehanna Street Suite 104, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 826-3535