Operation Next

Operation Next

A first-of-its-kind program in New York State that is providing soldiers transitioning out of the military (and their spouses) with a proven training program to prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed for various career pathways in advanced manufacturing.

Every year an estimated 200,000 service members transition out of the military. These individuals are instilled with foundational skills such as leadership, integrity, and teamwork along with technical skills and abilities from their time in service and represent a potential solution to manufacturing skill gaps and lack of employment.

Operation Next provides soldiers, their spouses, and dependents with a proven training program that prepares them with the necessary knowledge and skills to receive certification and to achieve success in advanced manufacturing.

Operation Next provides training for careers in:

  • Computer Numeric Control (CNC)
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Robotics

With the inclusion of National Guard and Reservists, Operation Next is expanding and giving more access to soldiers to train and join the field of advanced manufacturing.


CNC training at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES in Watertown, NY: The training will run Monday-Thursday, January 23 – April 27, 2023, from 1700-2000. A summer session will run from June 26 – August 24, 2023. Training is free!

Welding internships at the Fulton Companies located in Pulaski, New York: This Skillbridge program runs for 8 weeks.

Welding training at Haun Welding Supply and Specialty Gases in Syracuse, NY. The training will run from Sunday – Thursday the first two weeks of every month.

For Training Partners

MACNY is looking to partner with educational institutions, companies, and individuals who can provide the training for Operation Next. If you are interested in providing training, please complete the form below.

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For Participants

Operation Next sets itself apart by providing an accelerated-hybrid program that combines an online education with hands on training. Operation Next is competency based, participants will be able to receive credit for what they already know or can do. Upon completion of the one of the four tracks participants will be prepared to earn credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), American Welding Society (AWS), and Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA).

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For Companies

MACNY is proud to partner with LIFT in the rollout of Operation Next in New York and is looking for partners to contribute to the program. Community partners are vital to ensure that a strong network is established for the program. Employers can get involved with Operation Next by signing on as partners to provide on the job training specific to one of the four tracks.

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Want More Info?

Contact Patrick Langan at MACNY to learn more

[email protected] or at 315.474.4201 ext. 56