Broward College offering New CNC Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program
Broward College has announced that beginning October 18, it will offer a new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Advanced Certificate program at North Campus. The CNC Certificate will make it possible for students seeking to enter a field where IT meets manufacturing.
“Now is the perfect time to join this industry,” said Erin Greskovich, CNC project coordinator. “Hoerbiger, one of the biggest manufacturing companies, is relocating its entire operation from Houston to Coral Springs early next year. They are really looking for applicants with certifications or with industry experience to join their apprenticeship program.”
The curriculum is a blended classroom format, where class time is predominantly dedicated to hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment. Through each of the six-week courses, students have the opportunity to not only earn Broward College credit, but also secure industry certifications using programs such as NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) and MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council). Funding for the program was made possible through JP Morgan Chase Grant Foundation. Students will become versed in Tooling U-SME and Immerse2Learn software packages, computer side control panel systems, desktop mills and lathes.
Courses offered in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Advanced Certificate program include:
- PMT1203C- Introduction to Machining
- PMT2213C- Advanced Machining (Requires PMT1203C)
- PMT2214C- Advanced Machining 2 (Requires PMT1203C and PMT2213C)
- EDI0998- Machine Helper
The courses will lead to certifications in measurement, materials and safety; CNC milling, CNC lathe and certified production technician.
The program is ideal for someone looking to dive into the ever-expanding world of manufacturing, or professionals already in machining and want to advance their career and increase earning potential by attaining certifications. The classes also will give students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering a better understanding of the programming involved to direct an automated CNC machine.
Demand is high for applicants with this type of training, especially in South Florida. According to labor research data pulled for South Florida, a multiple machine tool setter with a CNC certificate and 0-2 years of experience can expect to earn up to $42,889, and a numerical control programmer with an associate’s degree and 1-3 years of experience can expect to earn up to $51,563.
Outside of Broward College, the closest institution to offer this area of study is in Lake Worth.