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Machine Operator (Right Skills Now)

at Saint Paul College

Program Details

  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits: 20
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.

About this Program

Machinists are skilled craftspeople who make the precision metal parts that are highly specialized and not mass produced. Machinists produce parts from metal castings, forgoings, stampings or from solid metal stock. They make parts to exact specifications by removing excess metal with the aid of machine tools, numerically controlled machines, computer assisted machinery, and precise measuring and gauging equipment.

The Right Skills Now (for Manufacturing) certificate is designed to provide fast track, high skilled manufacturing training in the following areas: Job planning, benchwork, materials, manual milling, manual turning, CNC milling and CNC turning. This program was designed to address the current shortage of CNC operators. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as entry-level manual and CNC machine tool operators. The Machine Operator Certificate will introduce manufacturing workplace safety, blueprint reading, general manufacturing processes, basic production manual machining skills, basic G and M codes and introduction to CNC machining.

The curriculum closely aligns with standards set forth by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students may choose to apply these credits towards a Machine Tool Diploma or AAS degree. The additional coursework will enhance the students&� communication, mathematics, machining, and critical thinking skills.

Graduates will earn a certificate as well as a set of NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials that are recognized across the country.

Program Locations

  • Saint Paul College 55102

Labor Market Information

  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

  • Median wage: $18.29/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmers

  • Median wage: $26.04/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
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