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SCCC, Trinidad team up on training

Suffolk County Community College wants to offer more

Suffolk County Community College wants to offer more training programs to teach technicians how to work with high-tech materials called composites. Long Island aerospace companies need more of these skilled workers. (Credit: Handout, 2010)

Suffolk County Community College is looking to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago for more expertise in developing metal-working training programs that focus on high-tech materials.

The Selden-based college has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government and Metal Industries Co., a government-sponsored training company that will allow instructors from Suffolk to receive instruction on both composites and new-energy development programs. They will receive instruction through such things as shared curricula and seminars. Suffolk, in turn, will share its expertise in developing work force training programs.

Aerospace manufacturers increasingly use composite materials to make more durable and lighter- weight versions of things like airplane wings. The industry is growing on Long Island and some local companies have reported a shortage of composite technicians, the college said.

“Companies in our area have a backlog in excess of $75 million to $100 million of products that are reliant upon composite technology,” said John Lombardo, Suffolk’s associate vice president for work force and economic development. “We are learning that there are not enough skilled workers to meet this need.”

The college hopes to address the problem by offering more training programs. Metal Industries has developed an expertise because of its experience in Trinidad’s marine and petroleum industries, the college said.

Starting in June representatives from Metal Industries are scheduled to arrive on Suffolk’s Brentwood campus to begin designing and implementing a skills-gap analysis in composites as well as energy development. The company, in turn, will get an in-depth look at the college’s advanced manufacturing programs.

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