CCBC to Launch Short Term Career Training in Machine Tool Technology


The Community College of Baltimore County is launching a short-term career training program in machine tool technology.   Completing the program successfully will enable student participants to receive three certifications from the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) along with their CCBC Continuing Education certificate.  All students interested in enrolling in this program are required to attend an orientation session.  Orientation will be held 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 and again Aug. 24 in the H Building, Room 110 (H-110)at CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Road.

Training in this highly skilled sector of the manufacturing industry takes place over a six-month period, with students attending full-day sessions, four days a week.   Students learn both manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool technology with extensive hands-on and computer-based training in a modular format. The program includes training in safety, blueprint reading, and trade math, as well as lean/quality manufacturing skills, plus sessions to assist individuals with resume writing and interview techniques.

The manufacturing facility of today is filled with computer-driven equipment, and today's machinist is a well-educated technician able to fill a job in a versatile cross-trained workforce.  "The machine shop at CCBC Catonsville is one of the finest machine tool training centers in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Jay Bouis, coordinator of Technical Training at CCBC.  "If students are looking to rapidly position themselves for entry-level employment in precision machining and CNC, or if a company is looking to quickly ramp-up employees' skills in the area, this training is the solution." 

Attrition in this field due to retirements and the lack of available skilled workers makes job possibilities bright. Those completing the training are ready to qualify for the many entry-level jobs that are opening in this industry.  Of course, they can also continue in a machinist apprenticeship by taking additional courses at CCBC to help them expand their skills to command a higher salary in the workplace.   According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of a machinist was just under $40,000 with journeymen machinists in the Baltimore area potentially commanding a salary of $70,000.

For additional information or reserve a place in an orientation session, contact Jay Bouis at 443-840-4428 or email

About the Community College of Baltimore County (
CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs. Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named "Great Colleges to Work For."

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000).  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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