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

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CME Course Sheet


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.

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!


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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