Makers in the Pittsburgh area have a tremendous resource in the University of Pittsburgh and its various centers and institutes. The Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) was established in 1994 as a shared manufacturing and precision manufacturing resource. From short run projects to employee training programs in CNC and Mastercam, the MAC is a solid resource for Precision Makers and Manufacturers. Whether you are an emerging maker or a maker advancing their craft to the next level, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) is Western Pennsylvania's prime resource for business and industry. IEE can assist with business planning, startup, growth, and transition plans. Both IEE and the MAC provide opportunities for mentoring, networking, and connecting makers to resource partners throughout the region. Representatives from the MAC and IEE will be on hand to help makers who have questions about how to take their craft to the next stage of development.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) was established in 1994 based on the concept of shared manufacturing to assist manufacturers and individuals in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy through the use of advanced manufacturing technology and training. An initiative of the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Industrial Engineering, the MAC has two primary functions: • It provides regional manufacturers with access to a number of advanced machine tools, computer aided manufacturing software programs, and prototyping opportunities; develops customized training programs for employees; and offers multiple shared manufacturing opportunities. • It offers full-time, high-quality training programs in basic machining and CNC programming for individuals seeking challenging careers in manufacturing while also providing lifetime career assistance, including resume development, job search techniques, interviewing workshops, and career placement services. Soon, the MAC will be relocating to its new home at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood. The new location will provide easy access to all Allegheny County residents and provide a world-class Maker Space for the region. _______________________________________ The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence drives success for closely-held businesses through customized support at every step of the business lifecycle – startup, growth and transition. We work with hundreds of business leaders who are looking for guidance and support in ensuring their businesses prosper. No matter what stage you are in, the Institute has the personnel, resources and expertise to help bring your business to the next level and achieve the Power to Prosper. The IEE’s 20 years of working with entrepreneurs throughout Western Pennsylvania have resulted in many successes. In addition to such ongoing activities as advocacy/peer networks, custom consulting and educational programs that have served more than 15,000 closely held businesses, the IEE has: –Supported the creation of over 800 start-up companies –Impacted 7,000 jobs in the region –Obtained $300 million in new funding for client company growth –Increased revenue by $245 million reported by client companies –Developed and delivered more than 1,400 educational programs attended by 40,000+ business leaders