CNC and Machining Schools

I'm asked from time to time about manufacturing- and machining-related programs - where they are, and how to find them. Even now with unemployment in the manufacturing ranks in major turmoil, I hear from shops and plants regularly that the shortage of qualified, quality people is still a real issue for them.

cncconceptsMike Lynch, founder of CNC Concepts and all-around CNC guru, has created, posted and mantains a pretty comprehensive list of trade, industrial and higher-level schools and universities that provide curriculae for the metalworking, manufacturing and machining trades.

You can check out the list right here.

Each listing includes contact information, the courses provided (i.e., Basic machining practices, Shop math, Blueprint reading, Computer aided design, Computer aided manufacturing, 3d programming, CNC manual programming, Setup and operation, etc.), Equipment (i.e., Machine types, Control types, CAD systems, CAM systems, DNC systems, etc.), and general descriptions of the classes, schools and schedules.

There may be more comprehensive lists, but I've always gravitated toward the CNC Concepts' list. Not only are there outfits listed in the U.S. and Canada, but there are also some international schools on this list.

Whether you're looking for personnel or maybe just looking for someplace worthy to donate some energy in your area, this list is for you. Thanks, Mike.

If you know of any more lists more comprehensive than this one, let MOJO know about.


There are still many High Schools who have machine shop classes.Many of them participate in the SkillsUSA championship. There are a good number of Vocational Technical High Schools. Many of the above have been accredited by NIMS which does facilitate their students to obtain NIMS certifications. Log on: The success of above programs depends entirely on the participation of local industry and business. Unfortunately industry is its own worst enemy by spending very little time and money in support of these programs. All branches of our military forces train metalworkers of all descriptions. Hire and support our veterans! Our small business spends close to $10.000.00/year in support of our future metalworkers. We challenge all industry firms including to do their share. Our country needs our support to create and maintain a highly skilled workforce.

Thanks, Paul. Good call on the NIMS and SkillsUSA references. And you couldn't be more right about civic and industry support - it's what makes or breaks any program. Have you ever heard of the Precision Manufacturing Institute ( in Meadville, PA? It's a great example of what local support can (and should) do.

We, Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP), are searching for a CNC Mill and CNC Lathe which someone may be willing to donate. We are training site in Imperial County which offers Metal Fabrication Training to veterans, adults and youth. Our machinist training program initiated last year and has grown to a point where we need machines for hands-on training. Our capability is for a 6" CNC Lathe and a 30" x 20" CNC Mill. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to forward leads to: Thank you- Roberto Avila Project Coordinator Workforce Development Programs

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