Michael Prechtl

Associate Professor


Phone: 607.962.9431
Email: mprechtl@corning-cc.edu
Office: Steuben 332


Education and Certification

New York State Certification: Tool & Die Maker
Keuka College, Organizational Management, B.S.
Corning Community College, Mechnical Technology, A.A.S. 


Much of my career was spend in Industry and I am a strong believer in the need for a strong manufacturing base in the United States. It is vitally important for our economy, quality of life and national security. The recent pandemic has reinforced the need for this. When I made the transition from industry to education, I saw it as a way to give back to the community and to industry by training a new generation of potential employees. I enjoy teaching and working with students knowing that they can have rewarding and lucrative careers. I find teaching classes that contain a lab component such as Precision Machining and Engineering Graphics especially rewarding as it gives me the opportunity to work closely with students as they learn new skills. Such classes with hands on real world applications are often student’s favorite classes too.


Dimensional Metrology Lab, Engineering Graphics I, Engineering Graphics II, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Manufacturing Methods, Manufacturing Methods Lab, Precision Machining I

Professional Background

Prechtl spent much of his career working as a Manufacturing Engineer at a local manufacturer. During his career in Manufacturing Engineering he gained broad experience as his job duties changed over time. These job duties have included designing tools and fixtures, training customers to program and operate CNC lathes, developing and implementing of Lean Manufacturing cells, designing and programming robotic machine loading systems, developing processes for new products and improving processes for existing products, plant layout, procuring new equipment, programming of CNC lathes, universal grinders, and laser markers, leading teams in the model shop and tool crib, and developing quotes for special customer products. He uses these real-world experiences to support his teaching in the classroom.


Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Chapter 24, at-Large Member)

“I have spent much of my life around machinery and manufacturing, starting out as a young child helping out in a family gunsmithing business. I am a strong proponent of Manufacturing and believe that it is vital to the well-being and strength of our economy and our nation.  I grew up in a working class family on the eastside of Elmira and am a 1st generation college graduate. I also believe that education is a lifelong pursuit and is important. When I was given the opportunity to come to Corning Community College to teach machining and technologies, I viewed it as a way to support both manufacturing and education and also as a way to give back to the community.”