CNC Machine Tool, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Work in entry-level skilled machine tool positions such as manual set-up operator, CNC mill set-up operator, maintenance machining, or machining quality inspector. Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. Positions could be at machine shops or at equipment and parts manufacturers such as aerospace and automotive facilities. Industries that use production machinery, such as pharmaceutical and food/beverage, require maintenance machining workers.
In this program, students learn both manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool technology with extensive hands-on and computer-based training at the CCBC Catonsville machine shop. The program starts with essential workplace literacy skills in computers, plus work habits and work ethics. Foundational topics of safety, quality, blueprint reading, and trade math follow. Extensive hands-on machining training includes both manual and CNC technology. The program also includes resume/interview skills. Completers are in a strong position to apply for entry-level employment. Once established, a student may pursue a machinist apprenticeship and/or other advanced training.
Students should have the following skills: Detailed-oriented, dependability, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand for long periods of time, and ability to lift 35 pounds.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of machinists is projected to grow 7% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 290. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: https://ccbcmd.lightcastcc.com/.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. prepare to pass National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications;
2. operate and maintain manual and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment demonstrating proper safety guidelines for shop work;
3. use blueprint reading and calculation skills to produce a part to completion according to quality requirements;
4. use operations such as turning, grooving, drilling, reaming, and boring;
5. describe the correlation between good work habits and personal/team/organizational success; and
6. obtain entry-level or higher employment in manufacturing and progress into an apprenticeship.