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Precision Manufacturing

SouthWest Skill Center Program

The Precision Manufacturing program started October 14, 2013.  The entire program takes approximately 14 months to complete.  We encourage you to contact a SouthWest Skill Center advisor now for details about registering today for the next start date. 

Exciting News!  We understand that every one cannot make the long time commitment required to finish a program and that some people only need training in specific skills.  That's why we now offer enrollment into the individual courses that make up the Precision Manufacturing and Industrial Electronics programs. Don't wait for the next program start date, get enrolled in a course now by following the admission process for individual courses.

During the precision manufacturing program, you will learn how to transform raw materials into durable goods.  Machining includes various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final stage and sized by a controlled material removal process.  Learn how to operate the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathes, mills, and other equipment that make this possible.   After you have completed training you can be hired by various industries, ranging from aerospace to automotive to model manufacturers and more.   

Start a new career or build on current skills with the hands-on training and engaging courses.  This comprehensive 845-hour program covers topics like industrial safety, measuring instruments, blueprint reading, as well as using a variety of machine shop equipment to practice skills in turning, boring, drilling, milling, reaming, and tapping.   Precision Manufacturing Program provides a foundation for engineering and practical experience operating machinery, engaging in CNC programming, and conducting inspection/quality control.

This program teaches you the machining skills needed to start a rewarding career in a product development or production environment. 

Career and Employment Outlook: 

To learn about immediate job openings research related occupations like CNC Machinist; Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator; Machinist; Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic; or Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook is good and the average median wage is above $17.00.  Manufacturing is making a resurgence across the United States and it looks nothing like it did even 20 years ago because of all of the technological advances.  Become a Precision Manufacturing student and join the SouthWest Skill Center in "Building Tomorrow's Skills -- Today!" 

Additional Info: 

The following certificates may be earned:

Certificate of Completion, Precision Manufacturing Program

Certification - National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1
     1.  Measurement, Materials & Safety
     2.  Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
     3.  Manual Milling
     4.  Manual Turning - Chucking
     5.  Manual Turning - Between Centers
     6.  Drill Press Operations
     7.  Surface Grinding