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 three to five years.
Is credit or non-credit training right for you?
We offer machining courses for college credit and non-credit machining training classes. Upon completion of either program you can earn optional industry skill certificates from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Consider these factors:
What does a machinist do?
- Set up, program and run high-tech machine tools.
- Program parts on CAD/CAM software.
- Figure out the most efficient way to make a part on the machines available.
- Work in teams to solve factory and production problems.
Watch this exciting video about how the design and machining of metal parts has changed the lives of two young men and allowed them to achieve their dreams.
To find out more about machining and other advanced manufacturing jobs, required skills and Colorado training programs, go to www.mfgworksco.com.
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.
Learn more about earning a machining certificate at FRCC.
Machinist Annual Salary
| ||Entry ||Average ||Experienced |
|Precision Machinist ||$27,821 ||$42,638 ||$50,046 |
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2013)