Connor Fitzgerald


Lennon, Michigan

Degree programs

AOS, Computer Integrated Machining Technology

Year of graduation


Place of employment

Gleason Works, Rochester, New York

Job Title

Machine operator

Work Responsibilities

I built a program that creates measurements and sets up grinders to work on machine parts. The equipment must be flat and parallel to do this job correctly. The part has to be precisely the right size, so I have to make sure the measurements are correct, and if some parts of the piece get rough, I need to finish them and provide stress relief with a heat treatment, so that the part can perform better.

How my career relates to my degree from RIT/NTID

I had learned all the basics in my courses before I was hired for a co-op, so my employer didn’t need to spend time teaching me how to do the job. It is easier to train a person who has knowledge, and I was up and running in a few weeks instead of a few months. Also, my employer saw the quality of my work while I was there on co-op, and recently hired me for a full-time job in the machine shop at Gleason Works.


If you’re not sure about something, like maybe which part to use on a machine repair, ask, because there’s a chance you might make a wrong choice or you may learn there is an easier way to do the job.

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