A program to prepare people for basic machining jobs will begin at East Central College-Washington Monday, June 4.

The noncredit program covering introductory machining skills will meet every Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The 10-week session will conclude Aug. 17.

Curtis Elliott, machine tool instructor at ECC, noted that the goal of this training is to provide students with a foundation of machine tool skills related to the industry. “The classes will cover basic knowledge in the areas of blueprint reading, machine tool operations, and the foundation of CNC operations,” said Elliott. “As students progress through the classes they will be introduced to the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) and will be involved in the NIMS credentialing process.”

Connie Pecaut, human resource manager at Valent Aerostructures in Washington, said that the company sees the need for short-term entry level machining training in this area.

“We invest a great amount of time in recruiting, identifying and hiring the most capable, highly skilled and quality-focused employees,” she said. “A person with basic machining skills and a good work ethic can succeed in this field.”

Valent supplies major, complex subassemblies for leading airframe manufacturers in the commercial aerospace, military fixed wing, rotocraft, missile and ground support and general aviation industries.

Machine tool students will earn credentials in measurement, materials and safety as well as job planning, bench work and layout. The CNC class involves credentials in CNC turning and milling.

“Students who complete the credentialing process can present employers with documentation that they can perform specific jobs,” Elliott said.

The short-term program also will include Work Readiness Certification and introduce participants to critical interpersonal skills required in today’s workplaces.

Students will complete the WorkKeys assessments to measure real world skills that employers believe are critical to job success. WorkKeys test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

Web based remediation tools and classroom instruction will be provided to ensure success.

Though the program is not Pell grant eligible, financial assistance may be available through local Career Centers for those who qualify.

Individuals who successfully complete the non-credit offerings as part of this certificate would be eligible to be awarded up to 10 credit hours through a credit by examination process. The normal credit hour fee would be incurred.

“Paying for the credit hours is not a requirement for students,” said Elliott. “It just gives students an option if they decide to work toward completion of a degree or certificate in precision machining.”

For more information or questions about enrollment, people may call 636-239-0598 or email cwd@eastcentral.edu.