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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:

Machining classes for college credit are taught from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday for 15 weeks.

Non-credit training classes are taught from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., two or three evenings per week and a half-day on Saturdays.

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.

Two of the five non-credit training classes, Introduction to Machining and Intermediate Machining, can 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.

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?

  • 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.
To find out more about machining and other advanced manufacturing jobs, required skills and Colorado training programs, go to

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 $28,573 $43,844 $51,479

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2015)

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