Right Skills Now for Manufacturing (CNC)

With the Right Skills Now for Manufacturing certificate from Dunwoody, you will complete a fast-track CNC machining training in just 24 weeks (including a paid internship).

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List of certificate requirements (pdf)Gainful Employment page for Certificate Version of the Program

Experience Manufacturing at Dunwoody

The Right Skills Now for Manufacturing program was designed as a partnership between the President’s Jobs Council, the manufacturing industry and Dunwoody College to address the current shortage of CNC operators. Graduating from this program prepares you to enter the industry as entry-level manual OR CNC machine tool operator. Upon completion of the classroom training, you will be required to complete to complete a minimum of six weeks of a paid internship. Dunwoody helps students make connections with companies.

Dunwoody’s leading curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

In combination with your core curriculum, you will also take Arts & Sciences courses. Through these courses, you will enhance your communication, mathematics and critical thinking skills, making you a valuable asset in the job market.

Credits earned in the Right Skills Now program can be applied as first-semester transfer credits for the Machine Tool Technology, Engineering Drafting & Design, or Welding & Metal Fabrication programs.

Dunwoody’s Right Skills Now for Manufacturing program features:
Dunwoody’s Engineering Materials, Mechanics and Metrology Lab which includes three Stratasys 3D printers capable of printing in 9 different polymers and 13 different colors, along with the latest technologies from other industry partners like Zeiss, MTS and Haas.
Dunwoody is a Haas Technical Education Center boasting 17 CNC machine tools and more than 40 manual machine tools.
Build your resume by joining one of the College’s student clubs and organizations and using your education to gain real-world experience outside the classroom.

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.

With your Certificate:

A degree from Dunwoody gives you the hands-on education to start a successful career right after graduation.

Common career titles our students can earn after graduation include: 
CNC Operator
Machine Operator

Recent employers hiring graduates with a Right Skills Now for Manufacturing certificate include: 
KEB America, Inc.
MultiSource Manufacturing LLC
Mate Precision Tooling
Lake Region Medical
Twin City Die Castings Co.

Program Placement Rate: 100%

Data reflects placement for AY2014-15 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 careerservices@dunwoody.edu.

National Median Salary: $50,740

SOURCE: Based on May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of Minnesota published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov.

Further Education: 

Graduates can articulate their certificate into one semester of credit towards an Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technology from 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.

Financial Aid Information:

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

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