Right Skills Now for Manufacturing (CNC)

The Right Skills Now (for Manufacturing) certificate is designed to provide fast-track, high-skilled manufacturing training in the following areas: job planning, benchwork, materials, manual milling, manual turning, CNC milling and CNC turning.

This program was designed as a partnership between the President’s Jobs Council, the manufacturing industry and Dunwoody College of Technology 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.

The RSNM curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students may choose to utilize theses credits to continue on for an AAS Degree in Machine Tool Technology. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication, mathematics and critical thinking skills.

Degree Information: Graduates earn a Dunwoody Certificate as well as a set of NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials that are recognized across the industry.

The program is 24 weeks long and broken down into 18 weeks of classes and hands-on lab work at Dunwoody followed by a 6-week paid internship and one additional class.


Job Titles
CNC Operator; Machine Reporter

Program Placement Rate: 100%
Data reflects placement for AY2012-13 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact RThomson@dunwoody.edu.

Typical Employers
MN Grinding; Permac Industries; Wrico Stamping

National Median Salary

SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, www.bls.gov 


To apply, call Dunwoody Admissions at 612-374-5800.

Financial Aid: This certificate program is eligible for federal and state financial aid.

Further Education: Graduates can articulate their certificate into one semester of credit towards an Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technologyfrom Dunwoody. In addition, Dunwoody offers a two-year bachelor’s completion degree in Industrial Engineering Technology for any manufacturing related AAS graduate.

This certificate program is a pilot program by Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College and is part of the Right Skills Now initiative. Right Skills Now is a partnership of The Manufacturing Institute, ACT, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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