NIMS accredits CCBC's Computer-Aided Manufacturing for five years

Nov 29, 2016

In today’s manufacturing arena, high-tech challenging equipment has replaced the greasy, dirty machines of years past. In order to keep up with ever-evolving technology, manufacturing technology students must learn to manufacture parts from metal and plastics using saws, surface grinders, manual mills and lathes and CNC (computer numeric controlled) machining centers and CNC lathes. These skills and others are taught as part of CCBC’s Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program, which has just been awarded a five-year accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) that runs until Nov. 7, 2021.

According to William Werneke, coordinator for CAM, “These programs teach specialized technical skills and are designed for students from recent high school graduates to displaced workers. Typically, these certificate programs take 12 months to complete so that students can move into or return to the workforce as soon as possible. This new accreditation should improve students’ employment prospects.”

CCBC’s six-month Rapid Machining program classes (Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) have had an excellent placement rate for completers, many receiving multiple job offers. The program allows students to receive up to five NIMS nationally recognized certificates based on their progress. Participants learn both manual and computer numerical control machine-tool technology at CCBC Catonsville's machine lab. Students receive extensive hands-on and computer-based training along with essential workplace literacy skills in computers, work ethics and work habits that will make completers job-ready.

For additional information on the Computed-Aided Manufacturing Program, visit the CCBC website at