Categories

 

G-Wizard Calculator:
Fast, Easy, Reliable Feeds and Speeds

Subscribe

Join 100,000+ CNC'ers!  Get our latest blog posts delivered straight to your email inbox once a week for free. Plus, we’ll give you access to some great CNC reference materials including:

  • Our Big List of over 200 CNC Tips and Techniques
  • Our Free GCode Programming Basics Course
  • And more!

 

GCode is Complicated
G-Wizard Makes it Easy

Michigan Training Program Turns Out CNC Machinists in 6 Weeks

Sep 3, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

With Manufacturing on the upswing lately, Michigan’s biggest problem is suddenly there are not enough qualified machinists available.  You had to wonder whether this was coming when so many were laid off, right?  Unfortunately for the manufacturers, many of the folks they laid off left the industry and even the state, so there are no longer enough available for hire as machinists.

get set cnc training

Get SET Trainee is Working on Machining a Set of Dice for Class…

So, employers teamed up with the M-TEC center at Lake Michigan College to try to put together a crash program to produce new machinists in just 6 weeks.  The Get SET curriculum, which was jointly developed with these employers to satisfy their needs is designed to produce machinists who can do a lot more than just press the buttons (apparently there is no shortage of the button pushers).  The courses the employers asked for will cover:

–  Basic blueprint reading

–  Basic use of measuring tools such as calipers and micrometers.

–  Basic operation of the CNC machines.

–  Simple g-code programming.

There’s even talk of adding some basic welding skills, which is another commonly-requested skill.  Area manufacturers are running flat out with overtime to keep up with orders, and apparently are starting to turn some business away.  The goal is to be able to add skilled help in a timely way so they can keep growing.  Enrollment is limited, as one of the program’s secrets for success is they look for applicants that already have 30% of the skills needed and then work to get them to 80% by the time they graduate.  The other 20% will be learned on the job.

So far, they’ve only gotten one class through the program, but 100% of those students have jobs.

I thought that was a neat story, but it’s a real shame those companies lost so many of their most experienced machinists.  Hopefully they can build back the manufacturing capacity and will be smarter the next time about retaining the talent.  This is something the Germans are much better at than we are in the United States.

 

Like what you read on CNCCookbook?

Join 100,000+ CNC'ers!  Get our latest blog posts delivered straight to your email inbox once a week for free. Plus, we’ll give you access to some great CNC reference materials including:

  • Our Big List of over 200 CNC Tips and Techniques
  • Our Free GCode Programming Basics Course
  • And more!

Just enter your name and email address below:

Full Name
Email *
100% Privacy: We will never Spam you!

Michigan Training Program Turns Out CNC Machinists in 6 Weeks
Rate this post

3 Comments

  • Wow! You can call yourself a machinist after only six weeks of training.

  • LOL!

    I think these guys are more like Journeymen, but the employers seem to be hiring them over button pushers. They’re trying to free up the real machinists to do work guys like this don’t have a hope on–designing fixtures, bidding new jobs, and that sort of thing.

    Cheers,

    BW

  • got a new job and need more machining skills, how could i get in the 6 weeks program or learn on line

Leave a comment

 

Do you want to be a better CNC'er?

Get Better Tool Life, Surface Finish, and Material Removal Rates.

 

Start Now, It's Free!

Home

Software

  GW Calculator

  GW Editor

  Gearotic

  Conversational

  Deals and Steals

CNC Blog

  Software

  Techniques

  Beginner

  Cool

  Projects

 

Cookbooks

     Feeds and Speeds

     G-Code Tutorial

     CNC Machining & Manufacturing

     DIY CNC Cookbook

     CNC Dictionary

CNC Projects

Resources

     Machinist's Search

     Videos

     Online Groups

     Individuals

     Reference Data

     Books

     CNC Dictionary

     Suppliers

     Tool Brands

Workshop

     Hall of Fame

     Organization: Soon!

 

About

     Customers

     Partners

     Our History

     Privacy Policy

 
All material © 2016, CNCCookbook, Inc.