• Center for Manufacturing Excellence

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    Looking to start a career in the manufacturing industry and not sure where to start? Now is your chance to receive training in CNC manufacturing for FREE! Enroll now to get started on your career as a CNC machinist.

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    There are two campuses for Machining Training, Naples and Immokalee. Rapid onboarding supported personally by our Student Services Department Chair, Julie Alfaro | 239.337.9952 alfaroju@colliershools.com

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    Consider joining the manufacturing industry. Gain the skills and experience you need to jump right into the workforce! The demand for an experienced machinist is growing and local industries are looking to hire graduates.

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About the Center for Manufacturing Excellence

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence is a cutting edge training facility established to deliver the knowledge and skills students need for a successful career in today’s manufacturing field. CME is a collaborative training facility between Collier County Public Schools, the Naples Chamber of Commerce, and local manufacturing leaders. CME was established through the demand to supply local industries with skilled workers in all areas within the manufacturing field, such as Machining, Mechatronics, CNC operations, and advanced machining and manufacturing. Currently, CME offers a full-time Post-Secondary Machining Technology course, short-term targeted training, employability skills, and customized training developed to enhance the skills of current or potential employees.

The goal of this program is to prepare students for a career as a Precision Machinist whose primary responsibilities are to operate machine tools such as Mills, Lathes, Grinders, & CNC equipment according to blueprint specifications while demonstrating strong academic and employability skills.

Machining begins in the classroom with a focus on equipment and safety regulations, and it introduces the employability and applied academic skills that are incorporated throughout all courses in the program. After students master the classroom introduction and safety test, they will move to the machine shop for hands-on training, including projects to prepare for future employment.

The Machining Program is a 1500-hour, 1.5-year program that consists of four courses. Some basic skills and knowledge from the first course, Machinist Helper, must be completed first. From there, students will take course segments from the Machinist Helper and Machine Operator courses, so as to maximize usage of shop equipment and shop floor space. Then, students move to train in CAD, CNC operation and CNC programming, as well as more complex machining skills and setup work.

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence is located at Parkway Plaza 4945 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 113 Naples, Florida 34116.

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Programs Offered

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence is located at Parkway Plaza 4945 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 113 Naples, Florida 34116.

Call 239.377.6100 to enroll today!

►Fall (August) and Winter (January)

  • Full-time:
    Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Machining Technologies

  • Evening: 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Evening Course Offerings

LEAN MANUFACTURING Course Details

Preparation for Employment
We discuss how to make a proper resume, how to handle a job interview, and what to expect in the work environment. A set of basic machinist’s tools are given to start the job.
Areas of Focus

► Manual milling, manual lathes, surface grinders, CNC mills and lathes, blueprint reading, CAD and CAM training, inspection, and layout, plus alternate machining methods

Certifications

NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) – Machining Level 1

  • Measurement, Materials, and Safety
  • Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout
  • Manual Milling Skills I
  • Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
  • Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
  • Grinding Skills I
  • Drill Press Skills I
  • CNC Turning: Programming Setup and Operations
  • CNC Milling: Programming Setup and Operation
  • CNC Turning: Operations
  • CNC Milling: Operations
  • The Certificate of Special Merit Machining Level I

Mastercam – Mill Design and Toolpaths

Our Instructor, Ross Porter, has earned this national credential for excellence in machining.

NIMS Credential Certificate The Certificate of Special Merit

Software Applications

► Solidworks
► Mastercam

Internships
► Paid internships during the summer between first and second year are offered. Our partners include, but are not limited to: Arthrex Corporation, US Sugar, Progress Rail, Shaw Corporation, Loos & Co, Parker Aerospace, S4J Manufacturing and Service, and Structure Medical.
Potential Employment Opportunities

► There is a projected shortage of skilled machinists throughout the country for the next 20+ years, with a big demand in Southwest Florida due to an increase in manufacturing in the region. Employment opportunities include the partners (see: Internships) and multiple aerospace companies in Florida, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and more. In addition, boat manufacturers, gun manufacturers, and others have a presence in this state. It is not uncommon for other states to compete for your employment by offering to pay top dollar, plus moving expenses and signing bonuses

Occupational Completion Points

► The following table illustrates the program structure for J200100:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
PMT0020 A Machinist Helper 300
PMT0021 B Machine Operator 300
PMT0023 C Machine Setup Operator 600
PMT0025 D Machinist 300

Basic Skills Exit Requirements
► TABE Assessment:
Reading 9.0     Math 9.0     Language 8.0
*Some students qualify for exemption from this requirement.

Mechanical Reasoning Study Guide

Study Guide: Barron’s Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Test

Funding / Financial Aid
Course Textbooks
Machinist Program Course Resources

Machinery Handbook Pocket Companion 30th Edition (ISBN 978-0-8311-3095-4)

Precision Machining Technology 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1-285-44454-3)

Machine Trades Print Reading 6th Edition (ISBN 978-1-63126-105-3)

Mathematics for Machine Technology 7th Edition (ISBN 978-1-133-281145-0)

immerse2learn (Online training for CNC Programming and CAM)

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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What types of things will I learn?
A: Areas of focus will include operation of manual milling, manual lathes, surface grinders, CNC mills and lathes, blueprint reading, CAD and CAM training, inspection and layout, plus alternate machining methods.

Q: Are there local employers where I could get a job when I graduate?
A: Paid internships during the summer between first and second year are offered. Our partners include, but are not limited to: Arthrex Corporation, US Sugar, Progress Rail, Shaw Corporation, Loos & Co, Parker Aerospace, S4J Manufacturing and Service, and Structure Medical.

Q: What other machining jobs are located in Florida?
A: Employment opportunities include the partners and multiple aerospace companies in Florida, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and more. In addition, boat manufacturers, gun manufacturers, and others have a presence in this state. It is not uncommon for other states to compete for your employment by offering to pay top dollar, plus moving expenses and signing bonuses.

James Weber

Owner, James Weber Restorations, Inc.

Mr. Porter, I just wanted to say thank you again as I feel I got a lot out of both the Blue Print classes. The manner in which you taught made the subject very easy to understand and your ability to answer all questions was greatly appreciated. I have told numerous friends and associates they should seriously consider any of the classes you teach as they will get a lot out of it! I also greatly appreciate the fact that Collier County recognizes the need for education in the manufacturing sector. Without it the growth of manufacturing trades in the area would not flourish to diversify the economic growth of the area. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

COURSES:

Print Reading

Beginner print reading, understanding basic views, and line usage.

CNC Machine Code Basics

Beginner G-Code and M-Code for operators.

Careers in Manufacturing

What is manufacturing and the different types of jobs available?

OSHA Safety Training

10-hour safety training ($25 lab fee payable to iTECH)

6-S and Intro to Kaizen

6-S: Safety, Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize & Sustain. Kaizen: Cost, Time & Efficiency.

Introduction to Machining

Learn skills that lead to a competitive edge when interviewing for entry-level machining work.

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