Fast Track Machining Training

Non-Credit Machining Training

Enter the machinist trade in as little as 13 weeks!

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 Fast Track Machinist Training program is a non-credit machining fundamentals training offered in the evening. Students who take this non-credit machining program prefer this option because:

  • You can keep your job while completing training at night.
  • The fast-track modules cover all the bases without getting in too deep. You can then apply what you've learned in class on the job to really develop your skills.
  • 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.

Machining Classes at FRCC

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 25-May 17, 2021

Current Class Times:

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 pm - 10 pm

Exceptions:

  • Some classes end at 9:30 pm
  • No classes the week of Spring Break

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:

    $2,095

    Registration:

    For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790





    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 26-May 11, 2021

    Current Class Times:

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 pm - 10 pm

    Exceptions:

    • Some classes end at 9:15 pm
    • No classes the week of Spring Break

    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:

    $2,095

    Application:

    For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790





    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 242
    See map & directions

    Current Class Dates:

    March 15-May 10, 2021

    Current Class Times:

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 pm - 9 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:

    $1,200

    Application:

    For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790




    This machining class is designed for graduates of the FRCC Intermediate or Advanced Machining class who would like a basic knowledge of machine shop quality control and inspection.

    Location:

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

    Current Class Dates:

    Spring 2021, dates TBD

    Current Class Times:

    TBD

    Topics Included:

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

    Training Cost:

    $2,095

    Application:

    For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790


    Mastercam

    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:

    March 15, 2021 - May 6, 2021

    No classes the week of March 22nd

    Class Times:

    Mondays  6 pm - 9 pm
    Wednesdays 6 pm - 9 pm
    (Some classes end at 9:15 pm)

      Training Cost:

      $800

      Students are responsible for purchasing Mastercam 2018 Mill and Lathe from the Boulder County Campus bookstore.

      Registration

      For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790






      This advanced machinist class is designed for graduates of the FRCC Advanced Machining class and those who have an equivalent of three to five years job experience and are seeking introductory skills with Swiss-type turning and Live Tool lathe.

      Location:

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

      Current Class Dates:

      TBD

      Current Class Times:

      TBD

      Topics Included:

      This class includes a 10-hour introduction to Lathe with live tooling, and 60 hours of Swiss turning.

      Training Cost:

      $2,495

      Application:

      For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790


      This class is designed for graduates of the FRCC Advanced Machining class and those who have an equivalent of three to five years job experience including some proficiency with MasterCam, and are seeking introductory skills with 5-axis mill.

      Location:

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

      Current Class Dates:

      April 3rd, 10th, and 17th

      Current Class Times:

      Saturdays from 8 AM- 5 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

      Application:

      For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790

       



      Solidworks

      This is a hands-on class for machinists and engineers wanting to learn to model and design with Solidworks. Specific projects and assignments are individualized depending on the student's professional interests. 

      Location:

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

      Program Dates:

      March 11, 2021 - May 8, 2021

      No classes the week of March 25th & 27th

      Program Times:

      Thursdays 6 pm - 8 pm
      Online

      Saturdays 8:30 am - 11:30 am
      In-person

      Registration:

      For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790.


        Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

        This class is for machinists and engineering personnel who would like to learn to interpret and utilize GD&T symbols on their part prints to improve understanding and assessment of quality.

        Location:

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

        Current Course Dates:

        TBD

        Current Class Times:

        TBD

         

        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:

        $800

        Registration

        For application and registration information, email Sunny Herrera or call (303) 678-3790






        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:

        • Workforce Boulder County: (303) 413-7555
        • Larimer County Workforce Center: (970) 498-6600
        • Adams County Workforce Center: (720) 523-2400

        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 in our Machining FAQs, call us at (303) 678-3790, or send us an email.

        Classes for College Credit

        Learn about our Machining classes and certificates to earn college credit.
        Contact Us
        For more information or to register for machining classes:

        (303) 678-3790 │ Email

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

        See map & directions.

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