Assistant Professor Michael Prechtl holds a New York State Tool & Die Makers Apprenticeship, an A.A.S in Mechanical Technology from Corning Community College, and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Keuka College. Michael 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.
“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.”