Machining - Garrett College

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Machinists work in a variety of industries including energy, transportation, advanced manufacturing and the production of specialty products. Our training program prepares you for a career in Manual and CNC Machining.

Program Goals

  • Students will be able to demonstrate core competencies as outlined by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
  • Students will have the opportunity to earn one NIMS credential in each class
  • Students can complete the entire program or take individual classes based on prior learning and/or credentialing goals
  • Through classroom, hands-on experience in a machine shop, and independent computer-based training (CBT), students will be prepared to work in the manufacturing industry and earn certification from NIMS

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required
  • Math and reading skills may be assessed to determine if students are prepared to complete the courses of study
    (*Assistance to improve math and reading skills may be available through the adult education program)
  • Preparation for Machining is a required prerequisite for all Machining classes unless the student is able to demonstrate prior learning through NIMS testing
  • Manual machining experience or prior training is required to enroll in CNC classes
Course Classroom Hrs Lab Hrs Tuition & Fees
(GC Res)
Preparation for Machining 24.5 7.5 $600
Job Planning, Bench work & Layout 24.5 7.5 $500
Manual Milling 38.5 8.5 $650
Manual Turning 38.5 8.5 $650
TOTAL Manual Machining 137 33 $2590
CNC Milling Set-up & Programming 56 10 $700
CNC Turning Set-up & Programming 56 10 $700
CNC Milling: Operation 56 10 $700
CNC Turning: Operation 56 10 $700
Cost for one NIMS test for each course and text books are included in the cost of tuition & fees.
224 40 $2,800

Time to Complete Program

  • Approximately 12-18 months
  • Classes are held 2 evenings per week
  • Students may be able to accelerate completion by demonstrating competency through NIMS testing

Location of Training

Manual Machining Class - Southern Garrett High School in Oakland; CNC Machining Class - Career Technology Training Center in Accident

Connect with us

Contact Carol Mowbray Brooks at 301-387-3770 or