Published on: March 31, 2014
Precision, programming, and manufacturing are key components of machining, an evolving career field that’s offering new jobs statewide. For those looking to start their future in the machining industry, Lone Star College-Conroe Center is beginning a new series of machining classes on April 21.
Completion of three classes (Machine Shop Mathematics, Blueprint Reading and Sketching, and Machine Shop I) leads to the basic education needed for industry beginners. This machining technology workforce skills award is a six-week, 176 contact hour continuing education certificate.
“Machining is such a high-demand career in the Greater Conroe area,” said Celyn Christophe Boykin, continuing education director. “Our goals are to provide the necessary training and skills development for our students to successfully enter the workforce, while strengthening our industry partnerships. Students are often matched with employers who will help them further their knowledge base through on-the-job training, internships, and support in completing certificate or degree programs.”
Machinists review blueprints or job specifications to produce precision metal parts with lathes, milling machines, or machining centers. Most machinists work in machine shops or in manufacturing industries such as oil field or transportation equipment manufacturing. The average median salary in this field is $35,200 according to the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.
“Local businesses are always looking for machinists,” said Robb Radakovich, machining program instructor at LSC-Conroe Center. “This program is a great way to get started in this field. In fact, many of our students find employment after earning their certificate.”
No prerequisites or prior experience is required; however, regular class attendance is required in order to be successful in the program.
For those seeking advanced certification, an additional three classes (CNC Machine Controls Fundamentals, Operation of CNC Turning Centers, and Operation of CNC Machining Centers) leads to Machine Tool (CNC) Operator Machine Shop Assistant certification.
Machine tool operators set up, program, and operate computerized numeric control (CNC) automated machining units. They are responsible for monitoring the machining process, as well as verifying machined parts meet all criteria as defined in the design specifications. The average median salary in this field is $33,800 according to the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Learn more about this career and others during CareerFest2014, a free community-wide career event at LSC-Conroe Center on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Advisors and program specialists will be available to answer any questions and help with registration for upcoming machining classes.
LSC-Conroe Center is located off of FM 3083, about 2.5 miles east of I-45, at 777 Conroe Park North Drive, in Conroe.
For more information, visit www.LoneStar.edu/ConroeCenter.
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