WNC Schools Teach CNC Job Skills

May 20, 2016

Learning how to operate Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment and manual multi-spindle production machines is a smart career move. Employers in Western North Carolina are looking to hire qualified CNC Machine Operators, CNC Programmers, and CNC Machinists right now. Several local schools offer Computer-Integrated Machining programs that teach the skills you need to begin a career in the field of machining. Here is a list of schools in Western North Carolina that offer CNC educational programs:

AB Tech

Graduates of the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology Department of AB Tech in Asheville, NC can qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable  energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations. The department offers following programs:

  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology Diploma
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology and CNC Programming Certificate

Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College has campuses in Flat Rock and Brevard, NC. The Blue Ridge Community College Computer Integrated Machining program offers the following certificate and degree programs:

  • Computer-Integrated Machining 
Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
 Certificate Program – CNC Turning Operator
  • Computer-Integrated Machining CNC Milling Operator: Certificate Program
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
 Certificate Program
 – Machinist – Entry
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Certificate Program – Engine Machine Shop

(Current high school students can also take Computer-Integrated Machining classes as part of the Career and College Promise Program.)

Haywood Community College

The Computer-Integrated Machining Program at Haywood Community College is taught at the HCC Regional High Technology Center in the Waynesville Industrial Park in Waynesville, NC. Students receive hands-on experience with state-of-the-art computer numerically controlled machining equipment.

Course work may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement and high-speed multi-axis machining.

Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC offers a Computer Integrated Machining Technology program through which you can earn one of the following degrees or certificates:

  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology A.A.S.
  • Computer Integrated Machining Diploma
  • CNC Operations Certificate
  • Injection Molding Certificate
  • Machining Operations Certificate

In their CNC Operations Certificate program you would take courses in CNC Turning, CNC Milling, CNC Programming, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing.

Isothermal Community College

Spindale North Carolina’s Isothermal Community College offers students a Computer-Integrated Machining program in which you can earn a certificate in:

  • Machining
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Motorsports Machining

The description of the program says these students of these programs, “…receive hands on training with a large variety of machines and tools. Students will learn blueprint reading, machine calculations and CAD/CAM. Course work will include manual machining, precision measuring, and high speed multi-axis machining on CNC machines.”

We Can Help You Get Relevant Job Experience

Though earning a certification or degree can help you become eligible for many types of CNC Machinist and Machine Operator jobs, many employers also require related job experience. We can help you get job experience in the field of manufacturing while you complete your studies. Friday Services has helped many CNC Operators begin or further their careers by placing them in experience building jobs. Apply online here.


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