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.
Machining at CME
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.
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