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Critical Shortage of Skilled Machinists

Colorado companies have more high-salaried jobs for qualified machinists than they can readily fill. As a skilled machinist, you can work for a company serving the thriving aerospace, automotive, medical device or computer industry.  You will 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, and work in teams to solve factory and production problems. Later, you could move into management, open your own business, or study to become an engineer.

Machining could be the right career for you if:

  • You like working with your hands
  • You have the ability to think three-dimensionally
  • You want great pay to support yourself and your family
  • You enjoy creating things
  • You like solving problems

Machinist Annual Salary

Job Entry Average Experienced
Precision Machinist $29,640 $45,417 $53,305

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Occupational Statistics Survey

Choose Between Two Training Programs

College Credit Certificate Program Fast Track Job Training (Non-Credit)
Comprehensive, in-depth training designed to meet the needs of students with little to no experience in machining. Short modules designed to give students the basic knowledge necessary to be successful on the job.
Classes are 4 days a week and held during business hours. Training is 2 nights a week.
15 week semesters 6-13 week modules
Earn a college certificate Earn a certificate of completion
Earn college credit with the opportunity to later earn a degree. Non-credit training that isn't reflected on transcripts.
Check out our current tuition rates Training costs are low, and even if you're not a resident of Colorado, you'll pay the same as an in-state student. Ask us about scholarships.
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Not sure which program is right for you? Contact us at 303-678-3790.

Nationally Accredited Program

Our machining program is NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) accredited. That means our program meets rigorous national standards in the areas of administrative support, curriculum, equipment and tooling, industry engagement / advisory committee, integration of NIMS standards and certifications, instructional quality, and safety. You can earn NIMS certificates by successfully completing any one of the twelve exams we offer. These certifications are nationally recognized and are an excellent addition to your resume. Learn more at

Contact Us

For more information or to register for machining classes:



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


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