What is the occupation?

Almost everything we touch in our daily lives, from automobiles to blenders, contains parts crafted by a machinist or assembled during or after a manufacturing process. Even items such as books, magazines, and ice cream sundaes depend upon the skills of a machinist in their production. A machinist is a key person in producing the needed equipment and utensils that result in the products we enjoy.

The job of a Machinist or Assembler may appeal to those who enjoy working with their hands, operating machines to install or move things, performing duties that are clearly defined, and paying close attention to details. This occupation may also be a good fit for those who enjoy activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Additionally, aspiring Machinists should be able to work independently and be suited to do work that requires close and continuous concentration.

Experienced Machinists can advance to machine tool programmers, supervisory or administrative positions in their firms, tool and die makers, mold makers, or may open their own shops. In some machine shops, experienced Machinists are eligible to participate in employer-sponsored skills upgrading programs and progress to full journey-level status.

Program Description

This 5-week program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain the prerequisite knowledge required for entry into a career in manufacturing, while also gaining critical soft-skills and workforce readiness traits that produce a well-rounded job-ready candidate. Graduates set themselves apart in a competitive job market by completing
a fast-track program that covers machining fundamentals with a focus on measurement, materials, and safety, while also enhancing the student's personal and professional skills by completing a comprehensive suite of additional non-academic courses. By the end of this course, successful participants will pass exams to earn NIMS and CCSP certifications.


Candidates for this program should have baseline proficiency in mathematics, the English language, critical thinking, and have multi-limb coordination, manual/finger dexterity, and have the ability to work with a high degree of precision.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School diploma or GED. Many employers will require that you have suitable vision and hearing (normal or corrected), suitable psychomotor skills, hand-eye coordination, and finger agility, and be able to stand for an extended period.

Fundamental core objectives:

• Basic measurement and inspection
• Inspection planning and sampling/SPC
• Gage blocks
• Surface finish
• Process planning/process improvement
• Basic shop safety
• Machine safety
• MSDS knowledge
• Machine maintenance procedures and documentation
• Hand tool safety and maintenance
• Tooling maintenance
• Drilling, milling, tapping, and threading process adjustments

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