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7/23/2013 - Cincinnati State To Offer Machine Operators Training Course In Fall

July 23, 2013

Robert White
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Cincinnati State To Offer Machine Operators Training Course In Fall
Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center will launch a program this fall designed to teach skills required to operate metalworking machines in a today’s high-tech manufacturing environment.

The program was designed in response to the needs of regional manufacturers.  It will incorporate recommendations made by one of Cincinnati State’s Technical Advisory Committees – a group that includes representatives of Meyer Tool, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of North America, D&E Machines, Tomak and  Deceuninck of North America.

The program will combine online study with hands-on classroom work. The curriculum includes an overview of machining applications and lean manufacturing concepts as well as an introduction to basic skills needed on the floor of a modern metalworking plant. Participants will be expected to perform basic machining operations (drilling, tapping, boring, turning and conventional milling) as well as lathe work using a variety of manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines.

“We’re seeing a shift away from low-skilled jobs and tasks to highly skilled jobs requiring advanced competencies, particularly in the metalworking industries,” said Jim Bax, a WDC business manager.

“It’s as if Greater Cincinnati’s past generations and companies that have led the nation in metal machining are rediscovering its possibilities with new technologies requiring new skills,” Bax said. “But yesteryear’s manufacturing processes are gone and a reliance on new technologies and skills are critical to employers who want to stay competitive. What we’re trying to do is build on southwestern Ohio’s legacy while providing a pathway to a modern career opportunity. In short, we want to help our employers meet their need for more skilled workers and remain world leaders and innovators.”

Cincinnati State’s machine operators program is designed to provide training that addresses employers’ needs, and at the same time provides the nationally recognized National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) certification to students.

The program is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 at WDC’s main campus in Evendale, as well as its Middletown location if demand is sufficient. (A pilot program is already underway.) It will include approximately 80 hours of online instruction and 130 hours of in-class instruction, which will be offered from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

In addition to the NIMS certificate, those who successfully complete the course will earn 9 semester credit hours which can be applied toward an associate degree at Cincinnati State or presented for transfer at other educational institutions.

Participants will receive foundational training in such areas as:

  • Machine safety
  • Measurement and blueprint reading
  • Manual milling and turning
  • Statistical process control (with a focus on eliminating defective products and lowering costs through reduced waste)
  • Introduction to CNC (including a project for employer review)
  • Lean quality processes
  • Communications for continuous improvement and reducing errors

According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the average wage for computer-controlled machine tool operators working with metal and plastic is about $16 and hour. The aerospace industry paid the highest wages of $18.89 per hour, while plastics products manufacturing paid the lowest hourly wages of $14.19, the BLS report said.

The BLS predicted job growth of 7 percent for computer-controlled machine tool operators during the 2008-2018 period, fueled by continued replacement of older machinery with computer-controlled machines. It said CNC operators with programming skills and experience working with a variety of CNC machines may have an edge in a competitive job market.

For more information about the WDC program, please contact Bax at (513) 569-4945 or .


Cincinnati State offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs among two-year schools in the United States.

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