College takes aim at computerized tooling, adds CNC lab

January 11, 2016 - 06:00pm

As Kirtland Community College puts the finishing touches on its new Computer Numerically Controlled lab, the Roscommon, Mich., school is nearly set to launch a certificate program aimed at meeting the growing demand for workers with computerized tooling training.

“Businesses need certified CNC experts every day,” said Sarah Holecheck, Kirtland's director of public information. “There is no end in sight to the demand for these skills. People who are analytical trouble shooters [or] motivated by fixing problems will get a lot out of this certificate program.”

The new program, scheduled to begin this month at the college’s M-TEC facility in Gaylord, Mich., will combine classroom and lab time so that students have an opportunity to learn how to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and service CNC systems in commercial or industrial settings, according to a Kirtland news release issued Jan. 5. 

Instructors for the new program include industry-trained electrical engineers and master electrician's with experience in all CNC-related applications. In addition, the course reportedly will offer students a chance to get further experience through internships and service-learning projects with local contractors.

“Ninety percent of the people in this field make $35 an hour,” Holecheck said, noting that “students with our CNC certificate will be ready to program tools in metal and plastic manufacturing, and be ready to work in HVAC or electrical technology. It’s an extremely specialized field that’s expanding every day. ”

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.



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