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Machine Operator - Right Skills Now for Manufacturing

Machine Operator Certificate
Machine Operator - Right Skills Now for Manufacturing

Program Overview

The Machine Operator Certificate - Right Skills Now for Manufacturing program is designed to provide fast track, high skilled manufacturing training in the following areas: Job planning, bench work, materials, manual milling, manual turning, CNC milling and CNC turning. This program was designed to address the current shortage of CNC operators. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as entry-level manual and CNC machine tool operators.​

Right Skills Now is a pathway of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)–Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which includes nationally portable, industry-recognized certifications that are combined with for-credit education programs. These education pathways are directly aligned to career pathways in manufacturing, so students progressing through the programs earn college credit towards a degree, have an opportunity to earn a national certification with labor market value, and the hands-on technical experience to be successful on the job.​

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN

Program Highlights

  • How to operate computer-controlled machine tools, lathes, drills and milling machines
  • Workplace safety
  • Blueprint reading
  • General manufacturing processes 
  • Basic production manual machining skills 
  • Introduction to operations​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    Estimated Cost for Student Supplies
    The estimated cost for student supplies is $950.

  • Career Settings

    • ​​Mold shops 
    • Contract machine shops 
    • Precision Machining 
    • Project Management 
    • Die shops 
    • CAD/CAM/CNC Machining 
    • Medical device manufacturers 
    • Research and development machine shops 
    • Defense Manufacturing 
    • OEM Suppliers​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Students may choose to apply these credits towards the CNC Toolmaking Diploma program. The additional coursework will enhance the students' communication, mathematics, machining, and critical thinking skills.
    • Graduates will earn a certificate as well as a set of National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials that are recognized across the country.
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