July 30, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.C. - If you are currently unemployed or looking to move into a new career field, this fall Guilford Technical Community College's Corporate and Continuing Education division will offer a short-term occupational training program in machining. If you are mechanically-minded and possess an aptitude for math, GTCC's Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Training program can get you started on a high-paying career path.

The 20-week program (Sept. 2-April 29) includes training in manual machining, blue print reading (BPR) and metrology, CNC turning and CNC milling. Students will learn to interpret blueprints, set up manual and CNC machines, perform basic and advanced machining operations, and make decisions to ensure that work quality is maintained. They'll also receive assistance with job-interviewing skills, resume-writing and communication skills.

Upon completion of the training, students will earn two industry credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) as well as the NC Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), an employability credential that verifies an employee is skilled in three essential areas: reading for information, applied math and locating information.

In addition, all students who successfully complete the training will interview with at least one company that is hiring and have the option of transferring their credits to the Computer Integrated Machining curriculum program at GTCC. The CNC Machining Training program has an 80 percent job placement rate.  

"This training is foundational-skills training," said Jim Donnelly, director of occupational training at GTCC. "It positions you to get into a growing employment area. It's an area with significant need and significant opportunity for people who have an interest and an aptitude.  

"One of the things that has shifted in the whole workforce development arena is we're focusing on employment pathways rather than a single job. Machining allows you to grow within a company or an industry, and by being a higher-skill position, it's also a higher-wage position."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for machinists in 2012 was $40,910 per year or $19.67 per hour.

The CNC Machining Training program is a partnership between GTCC and the Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board, including the Guilford Career Center in Greensboro and the Guilford NC Works Career Center in High Point (both formerly JobLink). The training was designed in response to feedback from Piedmont Triad employers who indicated they have numerous job openings but typically cannot find qualified applicants.

Applications for the upcoming CNC Machining Training program are now being accepted. For more information, contact the Quick Careers Training Office by calling 336-334-4822, ext. 53108 or e-mailing Interested applicants may also submit an initial application online at Candidates will go through a screening process to identify the most qualified applicants to help ensure student success.

The cost of the training is $850. Applicants also may qualify for scholarships that cover the full cost of the training offered through the Guilford JobLink and NC Works Career Center's Workforce Investment Act program.

Classes will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday (class hours will vary) on GTCC's Greensboro Campus, 3505 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at


- Carla Kucinski