February 13, 2013

FRCC to Conduct Information Session about New Precision Machining Training in Commerce City

Front Range Community College will conduct an information session Monday, Feb. 25, at Adams City High School in Commerce City for people interested in a new non-credit Precision Machining training program and a career in precision machining.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the theater of the school, 7200 E. Quebec Parkway, Commerce City. Representatives from FRCC, Adams 14 School District, manufacturing companies, and workforce and economic development organizations will attend. An optional tour of the Adams City High School machining lab will be offered following the meeting.

To register for the meeting, go to www.frontrange.edu/AdamsCityHS. Questions? Contact George Newman at george.newman@frontrange.edu, or call (970) 227-8230.

The Corporate Solutions Division of FRCC has met with more than 30 manufacturers in Northern Colorado to assess their hiring needs. More than 90 percent of the manufacturers said they wanted to hire an average of five machinists in the next year.

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the median salary for machinists in 2011 was $19.62 per hour, or $40,800 per year. Entry-level salary was $13.42 per hour, or $27,908 per year.

The first training class, Introduction to Machining, is an 81-hour class that covers such areas as safety, work ethic, introduction to machine tools, hand measurement, bench tools, shop math, blueprint reading, introduction to cutting tools, and manual mill and lathe.

Other classes in the sequence are Machining Operator Training, Advanced Machining, and Intermediate Quality Control for the Machine Shop.

The first class is split about 50-50 between classroom instruction and hands-on work in Adams City High School’s state-of-the-art machining lab.

The classes start on March 25 and then move to the lab on April 22. Classes end June 3. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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