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CNC Machine Operation

A student in Minuteman's Advanced Manufacturing learning space

Important Note for Fall 2022:


For the fall of 2022, Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operator program in collaboration with the MassHire Career Centers and Commonwealth Corporation. If you would like to apply, you must do so through one of the following MassHire Career Centers:


About the Program
 

The Computer Numeric Control (CNC) program is held in the advanced manufacturing learning space at Minuteman. Students prepare for entry-level positions in the CNC machining field, which is described by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as, “the set up and operation of a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal.” Industry professionals will provide information and insight regarding networking and employment opportunities.
 

Career Skills

In addition to certification, students will develop skills appropriate for entry-level employment as a CNC machine operator, which includes CNC programming, SolidWorks software, workplace safety, communication, blueprint reading, and project planning.

Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operator program for the fall of 2021 through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

MassHire Career Centers will support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support following the completion of the program.


Career Prospects and Pathways

CNC Machine Operator is a high-need occupation in the Metro West area, according to the Massachusetts Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative’s Regional Blueprint.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

Employment of machinists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.

Employment of tool and die makers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2019 to 2029. Advances in automation, including CNC machine tools, should reduce demand for tool and die makers to perform tasks, such as programming how parts fit together, that computer software can perform. Many job openings for machinists and tool and die makers are expected to arise each year from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force, such as to retire.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, Job Outlook, July 29, 2021: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm#tab-6)
 

Collaboration with MassHire and Commonwealth Corporation

Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operation program for the fall of 2021 through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

MassHire Career Centers will support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support following the completion of the program.

Tuition

This training is provided tuition-free for qualified candidates.

The CNC Machine Operation program is supported by the Massachusetts Career Technical Initiative grant.

Industry Certifications

  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Hot Work Certification
  • NIMS Certification

Career Salaries

Massachusetts is the second top-paying state for CNC Machine Operators with an average hourly wage of $23.98 and an average annual salary of $49,890, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Region

Average Hourly Wage

Average Annual Salary

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

$26.63

$55,390

Springfield, MA-CT

$ 28.73

$ 59,760

Leominster-Gardner, MA

$ 28.08

$ 58,410

Worcester, MA

$24.04

$50,000

Manchester, NH

$ 26.95

$ 56,060


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,  July  2021: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm

Schedule

  • Classes begin in Aug. 22, 2022
  • Course is 15 weeks, 200 hours
  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30-10:00 PM
  • Exact dates to be determined

In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.