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Advanced Manufacturing Training

We offer short-term (non-degree) open enrollment courses and programs throughout the year at the Advanced Manufacturing Center that focus on the most prominent local industry sectors. Those programs include:

  • Fundamentals of Machining:  15 weeks, 330 hours- hands-on experience with mills, lathes, drill presses, saws, bench grinders, and CNC machines. Topics include safety, shop math, blueprint reading, Lean principles, problem solving, CNC machining. Graduates can be placed immediately into related industry jobs.
  • CNC 101:  6 weeks, 110 hours- emphasis on CNC programming, setup, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance, general machining principles, shop math, problem solving, Lean principles, and shop safety. Graduates can be placed immediately into related industry jobs.
  • Industrial Maintenance Academy:  15 weeks, 390 hours- skills that can either introduce or enhance mechanical aptitude that apply to lucrative employment in the industrial maintenance or machine setup and operation fields. Skills include instrumentation, electric fundamentals, hydraulics and pneumatics, motors and controls, mechanical systems, programmable logic controls, process control, systems integration, automation, preventative maintenance, safety. Graduates can be placed immediately into related industry jobs.
  • Manufacturing Boot Camp:  1 week, 24 hours- all-around fundamental education and preparation for the modern manufacturing environment. Solid introductions to production processes, safety, equipment operation, Lean manufacturing. This course advances manufacturing knowledge and increases marketable skills. Graduates can be placed immediately into related industry jobs
  • Continuous Improvement:  several different classes that move trainees along in various segments of Lean/Six Sigma principles – 5S, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt.
  • Forklift (Powered Industrial Truck):  one 8 hour day or two 4 hour days. 
  • Aerospace Composites:  10 weeks, 96 hours- introduction to manufacturing processes and the use of composites in aviation, as well as the automotive, marine, and recreational industries. Hands-on experience cutting and laying up composite material, shop math, precision measuring, blueprint reading, automated ply cutting, vacuum bagging techniques, and autoclave use for composites curing. 15 weeks, 330 hours. Graduates can be placed immediately into related industry jobs.

As well as one and 2 day training in the following:

  • 5S+ Safety:  1 day, 4 hours
  • OSHA 10 General Industry:  2 days, 10 hours
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (Industrial Safety):  1 day, 2 hours
  • First Aid/CPR/AED (Industrial Safety):  1 day, 8 hours

Taking these courses provides essential skills needed for today's hi-tech industries, and our programs connect students to local industries that are hiring.

For more information on Advanced Manufacturing Training contact John Erwin at 828.398.7926 or