Training includes classroom and hands-on shop instruction

The average machinist salary is higher than the average salary for four-year college graduates

If earning a high salary is on your list for selecting occupational opportunities, you need to look at machine tool technology. Over 50 percent of all machinists in America today will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. Tremendous opportunity awaits the trained and well-qualified machinist.


Students will learn the fundamentals of machining and tooling necessary to begin a career in manufacturing.


Machinists will be able to improve their skill sets to become more marketable in a competitive industry.


You will use cutting edge software and simulators enabling you to design and produce parts for any production job.


To prepare students for employment as entry level CNC Machinists. The training program will focus on developing skills in the safe operation of machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinders, drill presses with an emphasis on CNC mills and CNC lathes. Overall quality techniques will be covered as well as proficient use of precision measuring tools and interpreting industrial drawings. The program includes both classroom training and hands-on training in machine shop skills.

PCMI Session Schedule

  • Safety procedures
  • Cellphone use
  • Logging into computers / ToolingU
  • Start blueprint reading
  • Start with G Codes
  • Blueprint reading / quizzes
  • Start GD&T
  • More G Codes, start using simulators
  • ToolingU / safety
  • Reading micrometers and verniers / precision measurement
  • Text book (CNC basics)
  • Text book (Intro and Workholding on CNC mill)
  • CNC Intro to Haas Mill / Mazak (showing / explaining startup, entering programs)
  • Quizzes on G Codes
  • GD&T
  • CNC Manufacturing on mill / speeds and feeds
  • Blueprint readings / quiz
  • ToolingU
  • Shop math / trig
  • CNC Milling / Programming (textbook / hands-on)
  • GD&T Quiz
  • CNC Intro to Haas lathe
  • Text book (Intro and workholding on CNC lathe)
  • Speeds and feeds for CNC Lathe
  • ToolingU
  • Quizzes on speeds and feeds / blueprint reading
  • Programming assignments for the mill using simulator
  • Fabricating assigned projects (Haas and Mazak)
  • Final Print reading exams / GD&T
  • CNC Lathe programming (textbook) / hands-on
  • Fabrication of assigned projects (Haas and Mazak)
  • Start blueprint reading
  • Review tests
  • Canned cycles on machining centers / lathes
  • Fabrication of projects on Haas and Mazak (cont.)
  • ToolingU
  • Review tests
  • Students will have experience with the different departments in the main plant
  • Students will work as a team to fabricate Kant Twist clamps
  • Students need to fab a final NIMS project to be inspected by QC
  • Review tests
  • ToolingU

Program Graduation

PCMI conducts several sessions per year. Training includes classroom and hands-on shop instruction. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM with lunch from 12 Noon to 12:30 PM.