Machining Training

Precision Machining Technology


There is a high demand in Colorado and other states for qualified candidates for machinist jobs. We've worked with dozens of manufacturers in Northern Colorado to design a series of non-credit training classes to help meet the demand for skilled machinists. FRCC President Andy Dorsey talks about the need to fill machining jobs with Marc Mandel of KRCN 1060.

Consider a career in machining

Want a career path with lots of options? Becoming a machinist is a good route into management, or you can even own your own business. Many machine shops are owned by former machinists.

This customized industry training program incorporates the common knowledge and skill areas needed for entry into careers with today's traditional and renewable energy manufacturers.

Machining classes to get you on the job quickly

We’ve worked with representatives from industry to design our curriculum to make you job-ready quickly. These non-credit classes are 10-13 weeks in length and are held at night and weekends. 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.

Choose the right machining class for you

If you have not completed the listed FRCC course, a technical assessment will be administered to determine eligibility.

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. Learn more.

Register now for classes starting in March

Intermediate Machining

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

Register now for classes starting in January

Advanced Machining

This class is for graduates of the Intermediate Machining class and those who have equivalent 3-5 years job experience, including a background in CNC machining. Learn more.

Register now for classes starting in February

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. Learn more.

Training Cost

The cost is $1,995 per class plus $100 lab fee.

Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

There are several funding sources available for the 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 George Newman for a list of companies.

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

Annual Salary for Machinists

  Entry Average Experienced
Precision Machinist $25,400 $40,800 $61,200

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2011)

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