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This is Not Your Ole’ School Manufacturing Job – CNC Skills Required!

I’m hearing lots of chit-chatter about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States so we can get Americans working again. I’m all for it and believe it is the right move to make. However, my friends, let’s not convince ourselves that we’re ready to waltz our way into these positions.

According to information explained in this article [U.S. manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers], the United States has had a shortage of qualified manufacturing workers for quite some time.  You can read the article in its entirety, but I want to highlight a few points from it so you can quickly see the challenges and opportunities facing our workforce.

      • Our current losses have NOT left a surplus of skilled factory workers who have the skills needed for today’s manufacturing careers. On the contrary there are many factory workers who have lost their jobs because their manufacturing skills are out dated.
      • The manufacturing industry does not have a shortage of workers who can run old-fashioned presses and lathes; but it does have a shortage of workers who can handle the new technology of the industry.
      • You can get the CNC skills needed by looking for training  and/or degree programs in machine tool technology from a community college or vocational school. More ROPs should consider offering these courses to high schoolers as well. (see the listing below)
      • Just because the machinist needs to be more skilled does not mean this job is no longer a “shop job”.  Machinists will still work in noisy and somewhat unclean conditions wearing uniforms that get a little dirty, but these blue-collar workers will make approximately $4/hour more than their white-collar counterparts.

In closing, I’d like to take some words straight from the original article’s section called “New Recruiting Tactics”.  It says:

“The shortage has forced firms to adopt new tactics.  To fill slots, a few manufacturers have turned to hiring candidates who are untrained but have the inclination to work with their hands…. ‘We knew that we were not going to find the people with the right skills right off the streets,’ said Mark Pringle, director of operations at the plant. “So we tried to find people with the right aptitudes.’”

So, there you have it; all of you who look forward to the re-birth of manufacturing in the United States, we’ve got our work cut out for us.  My recommendation to anyone remotely interested in getting into manufacturing is this:  Don’t wait for the jobs to come back to your neighborhood before preparing for them.  You are now informed of the challenges and opportunities ahead, so get in school and prepare now.

Here are a few schools and training centers in California that offer CNC coursework.  If you know of any more, please let me know so I can add them to the list. You’ll need to brush up on those math (algebra), reading, and problem-solving skills to survive these courses.

City School/Training Center Website
Anaheim North Orange County ROP www.nocrop.tec.ca.us
Fresno Fresno City College – CNC Degree www.scccd.com
Fullerton Fullerton College http://machine.fullcoll.edu
Glendale Glendale Community College – CNC Degree http://www.glendale.cc.ca.us
Hayward Chabot Community College – Certificate in CNC Programming www.clpccd.cc.ca.us
Los Angeles Los Angeles Trade Technical College – AS in CNC http://www.lattc.cc.ca.us/
Modesto, CA Modesto Junior College – Machine & Tool Tech www.mjc.edu
Norwalk, CA NTMA Training Center http://trainingcenters.org
Ontario, CA NTMA Training Center http://trainingcenters.org
Reedley, CA Reedley College – Manufacturing Technology Machine Shop http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=153
Riverside, CA Masters Vocational College www.mastersvoc.com
San Bernardino San Bernardino Valley College ccentra.sbccd.cc.ca.us
San Jose TTL College http://www.ttl-school.com/courses.htm
San Jose San Jose City College  – Machine Technology (CNC) www.sjcc.edu
San Jose San Jose State University – Degree in http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/tech www.engr.sjsu.edu/tech
Santa Ana Santa Ana College – CNC degrees www.sac.edu

Before you go, check out this youtube video:

I hope this helps get you moving in the right direction.  Blessings!
~ Michelle Walker-Wade

  1. elie
    April 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Laney college has a very good program in cad/cam

  2. May 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thiss post is priceless. How ccan I find out more?

  1. April 10, 2012 at 3:50 am

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