Maricopa Community Colleges Offering in Demand CNC Machinists Training at the Maricopa Skill Center

The Maricopa Community Colleges are now accepting students for the Precision Machining program at the Maricopa Skill Center to fill a demand in the industry.

March 14, 2014 - The Maricopa Skill Center's Precision Machining program is looking for students to fill an industry demand.

Currently the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist program has 64 students with more than 50 students who are already working or have secured a job in machining.

Wanted Analytics reports that 18 companies in the Phoenix area have current openings.

"Industry demands outpace the student enrollment in my class," said Larry Geczy, instructor for the program. "Companies are looking for graduates with CNC Machinist certificates."

Honeywell, Parker Hannifin, ATSCO, Corning Gilbert, Vitron and Micro-Tronics are among companies who have hired recent MSC graduates.

While earning their certificate, students learn how to efficiently convert raw materials into durable goods by using computer-controlled machines and tools. Graduates are NIMS level 1 certified.

Students have the opportunity to talk with industry leaders through in class presentations and tours at various companies housed in Phoenix. There are about 280 employers in the Phoenix area who have employed machinist in the past four years.

The program takes about one year to complete with an estimated cost of $7,331.00. Starting out salaries average is $12 to $15 an hour.

The Precision Machining Program is housed on GateWay Community College's campus, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix.

MSC also offers a Manual Machinist certificate housed at GateWay.

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