Machining Training (Non-Credit)


We’ve worked with representatives from industry to design our curriculum to make you job-ready quickly. You can take machining classes as non-credit or to earn college credit. The non-credit classes are 10-13 weeks in length and are taught at night and on Saturday. After one or two courses, you’ll be ready for job opportunities that can lead to an exciting and lucrative career. See training dates and location.

Introduction to Machining

This class is geared to job seekers with very little or no experience, who are interested in preparing for entry-level positions to begin a career in the manufacturing industry. Topics include:

  • Work Ethic, Employability & Conflict
  • Shop Math
  • Hand Measurement
  • Blueprint Reading
  • General Safety
  • Intro to Lean
  • Safety in the Workshop
  • Intro to Machine Tools
  • Bench Tools
  • Manual Mill & Lathe
  • Cutting Tools

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Intermediate Machining

This class is designed for graduates of FRCC’s Introduction to Machining class and those who have the equivalent of 1-3 years job experience, including a background in manual machining. Topics include:

  • Teambuilding & Communication
  • Shop Math
  • ISO/QA
  • Measurement
  • GD&T
  • Cutting Tools
  • CMM
  • Manual Mill & Lathe
  • CNC Mill & Lathe
  • Intro to CAD/CAM

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Advanced Machining

This class is for graduates of the Intermediate Machining class or those who have the equivalent of 3-5 years job experience, including a background in CNC machining. Topics include:

  • MasterCam
  • Advanced CNC Mill and Lathe
  • Lean Manufacturing
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Quality for the Machine Shop

This class is for graduates of the Intermediate or Advanced Machining class who would like to obtain a basic knowledge of quality control as it relates to the machine shop. Topics include:

  • Advanced GD&T
  • Set up and Fixturing
  • Inspection Techniques- Optical Comparator and CMM
  • Introduction to SPC
  • Intermediate ISO and Quality Measurement Systems

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This class is designed for machinists who want to learn basic part programming and post processing.

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Specialized and Multi-Axis Machining

For graduates of Advanced Machining or those who have the equivalent of 3-5 years experience, and are seeking introductory skills with 5-axis mill, Swiss type turning, and Live tool lathes. Topics include:

  • 5-Axis Milling
  • Swiss-Turning
  • Lathe with Live Tooling
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Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

There are several funding sources available for the credit and non-credit Precision Machining Technology courses:

1. The Gene Haas Foundation has scholarships for machining students participating in accredited credit and non-credit programs. One-year scholarships range from $1,000-$2,500. Learn more.

2. Unemployed and under-employed workers may be eligible for federal Workforce Investment Act funding. Learn more. To determine if you qualify, please visit the workforce center nearest your place of residence:


3. If you are a veteran, you may qualify for veteran’s benefits. Contact the Veterans Representative at the FRCC campus nearest your place of residence:


4. Companies in the machining industry may have internships and apprenticeships available. If you have some experience in the trade, contact us for a list of companies.

5. There are a limited number of FRCC scholarships available. Once you have investigated other funding options, contact us for more information.

Assessment Testing Required

All students must take the Accuplacer assessment (Sentence Skills and Arithmetic) before being admitted to a non-credit class.

Accuplacer exemptions:

  • English: ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT Verbal/Critical score of 440 or higher (scores are required to be no more than five years old)
  • Math: ACT score of 19 or higher or SAT Math score of 460 or higher (scores are required to be no more than five years old)
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or college level English or Math classes (no more than five years old) at the appropriate level (transcripts or diplomas are required)
  • If you plan to enter the non-credit program using any of the exemptions listed above, you will also need to take the "Prove It!" machining skills assessment test. Permission of the instructor may also be required.
  • Contact us with questions about Accuplacer exemptions.

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