Fast Track Job Training

Learn the skills to advance your career in Machining or Manufacturing!

We've collaborated with dozens of manufacturers in Northern Colorado to develop a program that equips students with the foundational knowledge, modern techniques and technical skills needed for a successful career in machining.

Our Non-Credit Training program offers evening or weekend classes. Students who take this non-credit machining program prefer this option because:

  • You can keep your day-job while completing training.
  • The fast-track modules cover all the bases in a fast-paced environment that you can immediately apply to the job.
  • Students can use our free, open labs on Fridays to ask questions, get help, or finish a project.  
  • Students don’t have to worry about grades going on their academic record. You can focus on your machinist training instead of your grade.
  • Training costs at our machining school are the same whether you’re considered a Colorado resident or out-of-state student.

Still unsure which program is right for you? Take a look at this resource to help you choose between two machinist training programs.
 

Non-Credit Machining Classes

Your fast-track path in machinist training will depend on how much experience you have in the manufacturing and machinist trades.

  • The Introduction and Intermediate modules below are recommended for students just beginning their career in machining.
  • The Advanced, Mastercam and Specialized and Multi-Axis modules are geared for machinists with three to five years of experience.
  • If you are currently a machinist looking to advance your career and feel you already have basic skills, contact us about testing out of the introductory-level machining classes.
This class is geared to job seekers with very little or no experience, who want to begin a career in machining or the manufacturing industry.

Location:

FRCC Boulder County Campus
Center for Integrated Manufacturing
1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
Room CM 238
See map & directions

Current Dates:

January 23, 2023 - April 12, 2023

Current Class Times:

Mondays & Wednesdays
6 pm - 9:30 pm

Note: Students are responsible for purchasing Precision Machining Technology Workbook and purchasing or renting Precision Machining Technology textbook from the Boulder County Campus bookstore.

    Topics Included:

    • 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

    Training Cost:

    $2,500

    Registration Process:

     
    1. Apply to FRCC
    2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
    3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.
    This machining class is designed for graduates of the FRCC Introduction to Machining class and those who have the equivalent of one to three years job experience (including a background in manual machining).

    Location:

    FRCC Boulder County Campus
    Center for Integrated Manufacturing
    1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
    Room CM 242
    See map & directions

    Current Class Dates:

    January 24, 2023 - April 13, 2023

    Current Class Times:

    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    6 pm - 9:30 pm

    Note: Students are responsible for purchasing Precision Machining Technology workbook and purchasing or renting Precision Machining Technology textbook from the Boulder County Campus bookstore.

    Topics Included:

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

    Training Cost:

    $2,500

    Registration Process:

     
    1. Apply to FRCC
    2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
    3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.
    This machinist course is for graduates of the FRCC Intermediate Machining class who have three to five years of job experience, including a background with Mastercam and CNC machining. Completion of a class in Mastercam or invitation by the instructor is required.

    Location:

    FRCC Boulder County Campus
    Center for Integrated Manufacturing
    1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
    Room CM 238
    See map & directions

    Current Class Dates:

    March 1, 2023 – April 17, 2023

    Current Class Times:

    Mondays & Wednesdays
    from 6 pm - 9:30 pm

    Topics Included:

    • Utilize Mastercam in programming parts for CNC mill and lathe.
    • Program, setup and operation of CNC mill and lathe to construct a complex assembly.
    • Setup, fixturing and work holding for CNC mill and lathe.
    • Teamwork, communication and other professional skills.
    • Lean Manufacturing

    Training Cost:

    $1,300

    Registration Process:

     
    1. Apply to FRCC
    2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
    3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.

    This machining class is designed for machinists and engineers who want to learn Mastercam Mill (beginning and intermediate) and Lathe (beginning).

    This class is a prerequisite for Advanced Machining.

    Location:

    FRCC Boulder County Campus
    Center for Integrated Manufacturing
    1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
    Room CM 242
    See map & directions

    Program Dates:

    January 23, 2023 - February 27, 2023

    Class Times:

    Mondays & Wednesdays
    from 6 pm - 9:30 pm

      Training Cost:

      $1600

      The code bundle for this course is Mastercam 2021/SolidWorks 2020 #8 (camInstructor), which may be purchased at the Boulder County Campus bookstore.

      Registration Process:

       
      1. Apply to FRCC
      2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
      3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.
      Class covers the different types of multi axis and 5 axis machines and their applications. Class has a hands on approach including basic set up of machine making offsets in 5 axis and simple programming with Mastercam.

      Location:

      FRCC Boulder County Campus
      Center for Integrated Manufacturing
      1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
      Room CM 238
      See map & directions

      Current Class Dates:

      July 23, 2022 - August 6, 2022

      Current Class Times:

      Saturdays from 8 am – 4:30 pm

      Topics Included:

      Day 1 (class only):

      • Overview of 5-axis machines
      • Review differences of 3-axis, 4-axis, 3+2, 3+1, 5-axis
      • Toolpath examples
      • Offsetting

      Day 2 (machine time):

      • Machine setup
      • Setting center of rotation
      • Dial in a part

      Day 3 (split between classroom and machine):

      • Intro to 5-axis programming in Mastercam

      Training Cost:

      $1,500

      Registration Process:

       
      1. Apply to FRCC
      2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
      3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.

      Students will learn the necessary skills needed to interpret engineering designs and avoid mistakes that occur during the manufacturing process. The common language known as GD&T can help facilitate communication amongst key team members responsible for the production of a part. GD&T is an essential tool for communicating design intent – how the parts from technical drawings have the desired form, fit, function, and interchangeability.

      Location:

      FRCC Boulder County Campus
      Center for Integrated Manufacturing
      1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
      Room CM 238
      See map & directions

      Current Course Dates:

      January 24, 2023 - April 13, 2023

      Current Class Times:

      Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 - 9 PM

         

        Topics Included:

        • Intro to GD&T
        • The datum system
        • Orientation and form tolerances
        • Positional tolerancing
        • Zero tolerance and true position
        • Runout, concentricity and symmetry
        • Taylor principle and virtual condition

        Training Cost:

        $1600

        Registration Process:

        1. Apply to FRCC
        2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
        3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.

        Non-Credit Optics Classes

        The Optics Cleaning and Handling course will include hands-on training over two days. The first day will cover care and cleaning techniques. The second day will cover common optics inspection methods and procedures with practice locating surface and bulk defects.

        Location:

        FRCC Boulder County Campus
        Center for Integrated Manufacturing
        1351 S Sunset Street, Longmont CO
        Room CM 146
        See map & directions

        Current Course Dates:

        Tuesday, August 2, 2022 &
        Wednesday, August 3, 2022

        Current Class Times:

        3 pm - 6 pm 

        Training Cost:

        $750

        Registration Process:

         
        1. Apply to FRCC
        2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
        3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.

        How to Register For Non-Credit Machining Classes

        1. Apply to FRCC
        2. After you receive a confirmation letter, register for noncredit classes. You will receive a welcome letter with the course details in 3-5 business days.
        3. Apply for Scholarships. See Ball and Gene Haas manufacturing scholarships.

        Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

        There are several funding sources available for the non-credit machining program. Please note that federal financial aid and student loans usually cannot be used for non-credit programs.

        Machining Department Scholarships

        In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must have completed your application and registration. There are a limited number of FRCC scholarships available.

        • Submit a letter of interest that details your background and/or interest in machining, your career goals, how you plan to use this training, the dollar amount that you can contribute to your training, and any other details you feel are important for us to know.
        • Submit this letter to us by email.

        Unemployed and Under-Employed Workers

        Unemployed and under-employed workers may be eligible for federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act funding. To determine if you qualify, please contact the workforce center closest to you:

        Veterans

        If you are a veteran, you may qualify for veteran’s benefits. Contact Randy Rayback, a FRCC Veterans Representative, at 303-678-3654 or by email.

        Internships & Apprenticeships

        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.


        Questions?

        Find answers to your questions about FRCC Machining certificates and courses for college credit, as well as non-credit machining training, call us at 303-678-3790, or email us.

        Classes for College Credit

        Learn about our Machining classes and certificates to earn college credit.

         

        Student Spotlight

        eric machining

         

        I find the program to be extremely flexible and adaptive to all learning styles. It touches on a huge amount of aspects in the machining world.

        - Eric Van Der Heide

        Contact Us
        For more information or to register for machining classes:

        303-678-3790Email

        Center for Integrated Manufacturing
        FRCC Boulder County Campus
        1351 S. Sunset St.
        Longmont, CO 80501

        See map & directions.

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