Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Linking Industry & Advanced Technology

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The Manufacturing Assistance Center'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.

Seizing Local and Global Opportunities

Since 1994, the MAC has focused on uniting local manufacturers with advances in technology to strengthen their position in the global economy and providing quality training for individuals interested in careers in manufacturing. The MAC continues to help forge the region's new identity as one where advanced technology has been successfully applied to a wide variety of manufacturing processes.

An initiative of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Industrial Engineering, the MAC is a technology transfer center with a highly skilled staff and a working, state-of-the-art factory. The MAC offers southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers shared access and hands-on training on a number of advanced machine tools and computer aided manufacturing software programs. In addition, the MAC offers full-time training programs for individuals seeking challenging careers in manufacturing.


The MAC provides companies with:

  • Prototyping opportunities
  • Customized training solutions
  • Short-Run manufacturing support


The MAC provides students with:

High-quality training

  • Basic Machining
  • CNC Operations and Programming
  • Advanced CNC & Mastercam

Career Assistance

  • Resume development
  • Job search techniques
  • Interviewing workshops
  • Lifetime resume and career placement services

7800 Susquehana Street


The MAC's facility at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Pittsburgh is 11,500 sq. ft.  In addition to formal classroom space, the MAC's machining lab has lathes, mills, drill presses, precision surface grinders, as well as HAAS and MAZAK CNC machines.   The Maker Space and CAD/CAM lab help round out this center for innovation and active learning.

Manufacturing Assistance Center
7800 Susquehanna Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: (412) 826-3535
Fax: (412) 826-3540


Contact Us For More Information
(412) 826-3535

Classes Form Regularly

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