Skilled machinists are in high demand. In Pine Technical & Community College’s high-tech manufacturing lab, you’ll learn the skills you need to land a great career. This sequence of Certificate to Diploma to Associate in Applied Science Degree program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in the manufacturing industry. Our Advanced Manufacturing Technology program will focus on skills used in a modern machine shop. Machinist math, blueprint reading, conventional machine tool theory and lab, an introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) are covered in the first year. The second year offers specialized training in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems, quality concepts and CNC theory and procedures.
The projected growth for machinists is expected to grow 22% or more by 2022, and their average salary is $47,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CNC Machinist positions are some of the most highly skilled and highly paid jobs in manufacturing. Graduates with specialized training are the best candidates to be trained for the high-skilled jobs of 21st century manufacturing. CNC Machinists produce precision parts using computer-controlled lathes and milling centers. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools using their knowledge of the working properties of metals. Most CNC Machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods such as metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft parts, medical equipment, motor vehicles, or parts and components for manufactured products. Employers in East Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin such as Atscott Manufacturing Co., Nexen Group, Inc., Wilson Tool, McNally Industries and Parker Hannifin, and many more, have all hired PTCC Advanced Manufacturing graduates and continue to recruit from the program.
Pine Technical & Community is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Education Alliance (AME). As a regional consortium, AME works with local manufacturing employers, workforce and government agencies, and community organizations to fulfill the need for a better-trained and a higher-skilled workforce. AME provides employment and academic support, curriculum development, expanded academic offerings through distance learning, and other services to help students succeed in manufacturing careers Click the link above or contact Diane Odegard for additional information.