Apprenticeship programs combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training. Some of the top unions and trade organizations in the area, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have partnered with us to design and deliver classroom instruction for their apprentices.

Our instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom, giving students a current take on issues, trends, challenges and technology within their chosen industry. In fact, many of our instructors are professionals who work in the field while teaching. Apprenticeship training can be delivered at your site, at one of our three locations, online or in a combination of formats. Our flexibility and experience make it easy to set up an apprenticeship program that turns out successful graduates. Learn more about our Apprenticeship Program, available apprenticeships and more.

Combine classroom instruction
with on-the-job training.

The Machining Certificate is designed to meet the needs of a diverse vocational audience. Whether your interest is in computer numerical control programming, tool and die maker or pattern-maker, this program is designed to prepare the learner for a number of advantages as a skilled tradesman.

CNC, or computer numerical control machining, has literally replaced the machinist trade. You will be trained in the proper use of mills, drills and lathes, the latest in programming software as well as set-up and operational procedures of CNC equipment to produce a precision part.

As a pattern-maker trainee, you will learn the most up-to-date technology needed to build a pattern. To obtain this skill level, the learner will become knowledgeable of the properties of metals, precision measurement and the fundamentals of repairing molds and dies.

The tool and die maker will learn how to create tools, dies and fixtures. This individual will gain a broad understanding of tooling by learning how to properly use mills, drills, lathes and other machining related equipment including non-traditional machining techniques such as the Electrical Discharge Machine.

Successful completion of the Machining Program will result in a certificate from Northwest State Community College. All courses taken are stackable towards other certificates and degrees at NSCC.