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Staffing Solutions: CNC Machinists in Training

BONEZONE presents a short list of schools and programs in the U.S. that provide CNC operator education, in response to readers’ challenges in finding qualified machinists. Locations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and more.

BONEZONE presents the following short list of schools and programs in the U.S. that provide CNC operator education, in response to readers’ challenges in finding qualified machinists.

Right Skills Now

The Right Skills Now for Manufacturing builds on the success of the National Association of Manufacturers-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which includes nationally portable, industry-recognized certifications that are combined with for-credit education programs. ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate is the foundational credential of this stackable program while, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials certify critical in-demand machining and metalworking skills.

San Jose City College
San Jose, California  

Courses include multi-level Precision Measurement, CAD/CAM, CNC Machining and Turning Operator/Programmer, Lathe Practices, Milling Machine Practices, etc. For more information, call 408-288-3781.

BIR Training Center
Three campuses in Chicago 

Three certificate programs: Comprehensive CNC includes CNC and CMM training, CAD/CAM advanced skills, and Industry Certification Preparation; Machine Tool Technology includes CNC machines training with advanced CAD/CAM skills; Machine Tool Operations has a machine specific focus. When local manufacturers are looking to fill CNC positions, they turn to BIR.

South Adams High School
Berne, Indiana

Machine Trades reinforces skills and safety. Class projects begin with a simple “drill gage” which reinforces the basics in safety, measurement, basic shop math, print reading, bench work and attention to detail. Projects build step by step to increase skills necessary for each student to complete a multi-part assembly. Students also participate in student and professional organizations such as Skills USA and The Machinists’ Group of Northeast Indiana. For more information, call Jerod Dailey, 260-589-3131.

Ivy Tech Community College
Campuses throughout Indiana  

Courses include Introduction to Machining: instructs in shop safety, industrial terminology, tools and machine tooling, measurement and layout; Introduction to Manufacturing and Assembly: instructs in industrial terminology, material properties, material processes, workflow processes, supply chain management, design and engineering and quality management systems. Contact Career Services via