Machining Training


Critical Shortage of Skilled Machinists

We've worked with dozens of manufacturers in Northern Colorado to design a series of machining training classes. The introductory courses have been designed to give students exactly the skills needed to gain entry-level jobs. Other courses in the program provide additional skills for those who have been in the industry 3-5 years.

Is credit or non-credit training right for you?

We offer machining courses for college credit and non-credit machining training. Upon completion of either program you can earn optional industry skill certificates from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Are you currently employed during normal business hours?

Are you currently unemployed and need a job quickly?

The non-credit classes may be a good fit as they are designed to provide entry-level machining skills in as little as 10 weeks.

Are you seeking more in-depth knowledge of machining and additional hands-on experience?

  • Two of the five non-credit training classes, Introduction to Machining and Intermediate Machining, you train you for an entry-level position in 170 contact hours.
  • The college credit certificates in Manual Machining and CAD/CAM also are designed for entry-level skills, but offer more than three times the number of hours of instruction.

Do you have a business that needs customized training?

If you need customized machining training in such areas as MasterCam, PartMaker, Swiss-turning, 5-axis milling and other topics, please contact George Newman for more information.

 What does a machinist do?

What can I do with a machining degree or certificate?

The return of manufacturing jobs from off-shore and the retirement of the baby boom generation have created lots of good employment opportunities for those with the right skills. Precision machining is an occupation that can provide job security, a high-five-figure income and interesting career progression within the manufacturing environment.

  • Machinists can enter company management as cell managers, area managers, production managers or even plant managers.
  • Engineering: After some time as a hands-on machinist, many choose to become mechanical engineers who are more involved in parts design and factory optimization.
  • Company ownership: Most machine shops are started by former machinists.

Machinist Annual Salary

  Entry Average Experienced
Precision Machinist $27,821 $42,638 $50,046

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2013)

Machining Career Fair