Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Training & Career Development


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 programs run Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and provide individuals with quality training backed by a world-renowned university.  


                                                                                          FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (412) 826-3535, OR E-MAIL THE MAC AT MAC@ENGR.PITT.EDU

Full-Time Training:

The MAC offers three full-time training courses that will prepare students for careers in manufacturing.  Prior to enrollment, all applicants must pass a Basic Math test administered by MAC staff.  Individuals who are interested in any of our programs are encouraged to contact the MAC to arrange a tour:

  • Basic Machining—$5,500 includes tuition & supplies — 8 Weeks (280 hours; Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
    The MAC’s basic machining 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 Programming and Operations*—$6,000 includes tuition & supplies — 6 Weeks (210 hours; Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
    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 machine language programming, production set-up, tool selection, and the care and maintenance of the CNC mill and lathe. Students will gain direct experience on HAAS and MAZAK CNC equipment.

  • Advanced CNC and Mastercam*—$6,000 includes tuition & supplies — 6 Weeks (210 hours; Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
    This advanced program provides students with a thorough knowledge of CAD/CAM theory, 2D and 3D CAD Drawing, toolpath creation, tooling selection and creation, program verification, NC code generation and program editing.

  • Inquire Regarding Additional Programs and Customized Options

Prior to enrollment, all applicants must pass a Basic Math test administered by MAC Staff.  Individuals interested in any MAC program are encouraged to contact the MAC at mac@engr.pitt.edu to arrange a tour and discuss program costs.

*Individuals interested in the CNC and Mastercam programs must meet prior experience requirements before enrolling in the course.


Career Assistance:

Landing a job, both rewarding and challenging is the goal for all students.  At the MAC, students receive one-on-one career assistance in all aspects of the job search process, including:

  • Job search techniques
  • Resume development
  • Interviewing workshops

As an added bonus, MAC graduates enjoy the benefit of lifetime career assistance.  We understand that your career objectives may change with time.  To help you with future job search efforts, we provide MAC graduates with lifetime career assistance.  Graduates are encouraged to contact us to discuss job search assistance.

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Useful Links:

PA Career Link   

PA Workforce Development  

Private Industry 

Council of Westmoreland/Fayette


Tri County Workforce Investment Board  

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board