Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Correctional Industries


PROGRAMS



GENERAL DESCRIPTION

All jobs in Industries Shops are classified based on the standard Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Inmates assigned to the Industries Program generally are placed in available openings according to the individual's background. Based on performance, inmates are promoted from beginner to higher levels of responsibility.

Goals

The goals in each of the industries shops are basically the same. Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

A number of job titles are common to nearly all Industries shops. They include a wide variety of production and support jobs such as the following:

Forklift Operator
Laborer
Maintenance Mechanic
Production Clerk
Quality Control Inspector
Shipping Clerk
Stores Clerk
Sweeper
Tool Crib Attendantv Typist/Data Entry

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ABATEMENT SERVICES

Description

Participants in the Abatement Services Program acquire all aspects of asbestos, lead, mold and other hazardous materials abatement procedures utilizing standard industry methods, including EPA, OSHA and NYS requirements. Participants are instructed in the proper use of personal safety equipment along with utilizing tools associated with the trade.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

Participants must agree to participate in this program for a minimum of 12 months, have a High School or GED diploma, submit to and pass a Pulmonary Function test, attend a four day certification class and pass a written test.
Participants are also required to pass a standard OSHA physical.
Participants are required to wear a respirator and protective clothing, when warranted. Smokers, and those with facial hair, may require additional testing.
Participants will have a licensed skill (if active in this program) upon completion of their incarceration and would be eligible for a job in this field in the private sector.

Job Titles

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

Locations

Positions are located throughout the State in facilities which have Corcraft Abatement teams.

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CAST ALUMINUM FOUNDRY

Description

Workers in the Foundry are responsible for monitoring quality in all aspects of the process. Areas of responsibility include: mixing dry sand to proper compacting standards, making molds using patterns manufactured to customer specifications, pouring aluminum at the proper temperature, and grinding and finishing the casting. All workers are responsible for maintaining a clean and safe work area.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Aluminum Finisher
Aluminum Molding Preparer
Furnace Tender
Metal Pourer

Locations

Elmira

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CLEANING AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING

Description

The set-up of equipment, operation of automatic equipment, and the understanding of chemical composition of soap products are taught in this industrial program. The participant is expected to learn the techniques used in testing products, interpreting the use of manuals, and the loading and packing of products involved in soap production.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Crutcher Operator
Plodder Operator
Roll Machine Attendant
Soap Batch Mixer
Soap Frame Stripper
Soap Maker
Soap Presser Operator
Wax Mixer Operator

Locations

Great Meadow

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CONSTRUCTION/MODULAR BUILDINGS

Description

Participants in the Construction program learn all aspects of building construction procedures utilizing standard industry methods for new construction as well as repairs and remodeling. Participants are instructed in the proper use of personal safety equipment along with utilizing hand and power tools associated with the trade. Participants learn to read blue prints and apply approved construction methods (e.g., welding, masonry, framing, electric, plumbing, heating, finish, thermal protection, various types of new construction, etc.), while increasing their marketable skills.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Carpenter’s Helper
Construction Laborer
Drywall Installer
Electrician’s Helper
Floor Layer
Painter
Plumber’s Helper
Roofer
Siding Installer
Variety Saw Operator

Locations

Positions are located throughout the State in facilities which have Corcraft Construction projects.

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DOCUMENT CONVERSION

Description

Participants in the Document Conversion Program will operate computer workstations to convert handwritten data on scanned images into a machine-readable format. Participants are instructed in the proper use of a personal computer, with emphasis on keyboarding skills.

Goals

Inmates are provided with an opportunity to acquire keyboarding skills and learn acceptable work habits in a production-oriented environment. Efficiency and quality of work is stressed in all aspects of the operation.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required. Candidates must clear an appropriate security screening.

Job Titles

Data Entry Operation

Locations

Shawangunk

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ENGRAVED SIGN

Description

The laminated sign engraver will be required to produce neat and precise work utilizing an engraving machine. Clerical duties are highlighted, entailing detailed record keeping, filing, processing purchase orders, and establishing job priorities.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Engraving Machine Operator
Pantograph Engraver

Locations

Albion

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FURNITURE MANUFACTURING

Description

The Wood Furniture Shop consists of machine operation, clean-up operation of mechanical equipment, and the assembly and finishing of furniture. The shop can prepare the program participant for entry level into many factory type operations involved in furniture and wood products fabrication and finishing.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

CNC Programmer
Furniture Finisher
Sander Operator
Wood Furniture Assembler
Woodworking Machine Operator

Locations

Auburn
Green Haven

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GARMENT SHOP

Description

The Garment Shop instructs the participant in the use of sewing machines in the fabrication of garments. Garments produced are underclothing, shirts, trousers, and other articles. The participants learn to read manuals related to the use of sewing machines, and are required to repair the equipment used.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Folding Machine Operator
Garment Cutter
Label Machine Operator
Presser
Sewing Machine Mechanic
Sewing Machine Operator
Textile Apparel Worker

Locations

Clinton
Coxsackie
Franklin

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INDUSTRIAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Description

Participants working at Corcraft Central Office assist in Customer Service, Marketing, Accounting, Distribution/Warehousing, and Installation and Repair. Inmates enter and edit customer orders, speak to customers concerning orders and deliveries, prepare promotional material for mailing, and assist in billing. Participants also receive product incoming from manufacturing facilities, fill customer orders as determined through division software, work together with staff to install office furniture, and resolve customer complaints on delivered product.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working with others, operating equipment and meeting customer requirements and quality standards. Efficiency, quality and customer service are stressed in all areas.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Administration Clerk
Customer Order Clerk
Distribution Clerk
Forklift Operator
Material Handler
Production Assembler

Locations

Hudson (Inmates work at the Division of Industries in Menands)

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LICENSE PLATE SHOP

Description

The Plate Shop is a metal stamping operation with three basic segments: blanking, embossing, and finishing. Equipment commonly used in metal plants is operated by inmate workers to produce license plates for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and other customers.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Blanking Press Operator
Embossing Press Feeder
Metal Product Oven Tender
Roller Painter

Locations

Auburn

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MATTRESS MANUFACTURING

Description

The Mattress Shop is a manufacturing unit designed to provide the participant an understanding of the production of a wide variety of fire retardant mattresses and the manufacture of pillows. The materials produced by the unit are standard items used in state and local facilities and universities throughout the state.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Adhesive Operator
Cutting Machine Operator
Mattress Sewing Machine Operator
Spring Mattress Assembler
Stuffing Machine Operator
Tape Edge Operator
Tufting Machine Operator

Locations

Eastern

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METAL FURNITURE MANUFACTURING

Description

The Metal Furniture Shops involve the preparation and assembly of special metal projects, including beds, office furniture, and security screens. Some participants are taught the use of gas and arc welders, presses, and other metal fabricating machines. The assembly section of this shop includes attaching upholstered seat backs and the spray painting of the product.

Participants in the Metal Shop at Fishkill Correctional Facility also work on custom and specialty type items such as special housing recreation enclosures, doors, snow plow racks, tire racks and many types of security screens.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Arc Welder
Bake Operator
Bending Machine Operator
Buffing Machine Operator
CNC Programmer
Electrostatic Paint Sprayer
Gas Welder
Industrial Metal Fabricator
MIG - Welder
Power Hack Saw Operator
Power Press Operator
TIG - Welder
Tubular Metal Finisher
 

Locations

Attica
Fishkill
Great Meadow
Washington

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METAL SHOP

Description

Participants in Metal Shop learn various aspects of metal products manufacturing, including sign, dust pans, table frames, fire place grills, trash baskets, steel shelving, sign blanks and other related metal components. Metal finishing and processing is taught, as well as the fabrication of components for other Industries Shops.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Assembler
Brake Operator
Machinist
MIG - Welder
Metal Lathe Operator
Milling Machine Operator
Power Shear Operator
Punch Press Operator
Roll Form Operator
Spot Welder
Spray Painter
Tool and Die Maker

Locations

Albion
Eastern
Fishkill

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OPTICAL SHOP

Description

The Optical Shop offers an opportunity to learn and practice all aspects of optical technology, from grinding to the inspection of lenses and bifocals. The operation and maintenance of various production equipment is taught, as well as the use of intricate and precise machinery used in the optical trade. Participants first are assigned to the vocational side of the shop and are placed in the production shop as openings are available. Applicants for this program must agree to remain in the program for 10 months. This program has a high rate of success in placement of graduates.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Optician

Locations

Wallkill

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PAINT BRUSH AND ROLLER COVER SHOP

Description

This program is a joint Industry and Sheltered Workshop effort which employs inmates from the Intermediate Care Program and others with disabilities in the production of fifteen styles of polyester-nylon bristle paint brushes and six sizes of nylon paint roller covers. Supervision of the program is provided by a Vocational Instructor.

The sheltered paintbrush and roller workshop at Elmira operates in two modules (AM and PM), each capable of programming 12 - 15 inmates.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Brush Maker
Roller Maker

Locations

Elmira

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PRINTING PLANT

Description

Workers in the Printing Plant are required to set up diversified printing equipment, set all adjustments, and are responsible for making minor repairs to equipment. The monitoring of reproduction quality and responsibility for maintaining a clean work area are taught.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Offset Press Operator
Paper Cutting Machine Operator
Print Shop Bindery Worker
Shipping/Receiving Clerk
Typesetter

Locations

Elmira

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SIGN AND SILK SCREEN SHOP

Description

Participants in this program are taught various aspects of silk screening (such as: design and layout, darkroom operation, screen preparation and screening on various media).

Participants are also trained in the various stages of sign manufacture in order to be able to obtain employment in a sign shop.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Direct Silk Screen Maker
Graphic Designer
Legend Maker
Lithographic Photographer
Photographic Silk Screen Maker
Silk Screen Frame Maker
Silk Screen Hand Printer
Silk Screen Machine Printer
Silk Screen Repairer
Silk Screen Stencil Cutter
Vacuum Applicator Operator

Locations

Eastern

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TELEPHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE

Description

The Telephone Service provides the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles with routine responses to inquiries on motor vehicle matters from the general public. Agents are trained to provide policy, procedural and logistical information on a range of routine issues such as vehicle registration, licensing and related matters. The shop is supervised by Department of Motor Vehicles staff. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, at least one year remaining to parole eligibility, and an ability to communicate effectively.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Customer Service Representative (CSR)

Locations

Arthur Kill
Bayview

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UPHOLSTERY

Description

The Upholstery Shop produces new upholstery products and utilizes tailoring trades learned and developed in vocational instruction courses.

Goals

Inmates are provided an opportunity to acquire 1) job skills and, 2) acceptable work habits by working in a production oriented environment, operating equipment, and meeting production schedules and quality standards. Efficiency and quality are stressed in all shops.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED is required.

Job Titles

Furniture Upholsterer
Hand Upholstery Cutter
Upholstery Cushion Maker
Upholstery Edge Roller
Upholstery Padding Gluer
Upholstery Sewing Machine Operator

Locations

Auburn
Green Haven

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