FRCC to Conduct Information Session Aug. 13 about Precision Machining Training Program in Commerce City
Front Range Community College will conduct an information session Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Commerce City Recreation Center for people interested in a non-credit Precision Machining training program and a career in precision machining.
The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the recreation center, 6060 E. Parkway Drive, Commerce City. Representatives from FRCC, manufacturing companies, and workforce and economic development organizations will attend.
To register for the meeting, go to www.frontrange.edu/machining. Click on the link in the right column that says “Commerce City Classes.”
Why precision machining? Why now?
The answers are simple: Manufacturers in Northern Colorado need machinists – and they need machinists now.
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. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment predicts there will be 108 openings for machinists per year for the next eight years.
Larry Caschette, vice president of Metalcraft Industries of Westminster, for example, wants to add two machinists to Metalcraft’s five-person machining division. And he wants to hire two quality inspectors, too.
“We turn work away because we don’t have enough machinists,” he said. “Our struggle is to find qualified machinists.”
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the median salary for machinists in 2012 was $20.35 per hour, or $42,337 per year. Entry-level salary was $13.17 per hour, or $27,397 per year.
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.
Metalcraft sent a recent hire to a previous Introduction to Machining class.
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.
About Front Range Community College
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.