This up-to-date curriculum provides the current theoretical, technological, and practical experience necessary for employment and advancement in the industry, and features the following elements: theory and design of machine tools and machinery, properties of materials including heat-treating, laboratory courses focused on hands-on operation of machine tools, technical mathematics, precision measurement, layout and inspection, and blueprint reading and geometric dimensioning. The program prepares students for employment as: Machinist, Machine Tool Operator, Maintenance Machinist, and Parts Inspector Machine Technologist.
A desire to work with machinery and a mechanical aptitude is recommended.
Education: Students who successfully complete the training, will earn a certificate from N.I.M.S. (National Institute of Metalworking Skills), an industry recognized credential.
Job Outlook: Machine Tool Operators have an average earning potential for salary in the United States of $45,750 per year, depending on experience, certifications, and job performance. Candidates are required to pass the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test; an indicator of aptitude for understanding and solving basic mechanical problems.