You can make it! Make what? Anything! Make precision parts for race cars, the space shuttle, military equipment, paintball guns, golf clubs, motor cycles, ATVs, whistles, and tools – just about anything. You can join an elite group of craftsmen in a career with a bright future in machining technology.
The WCC Computer-Integrated Machining program has flourished because of its instructional reputation. The faculty uses innovative teaching methods supported by state-of-the-art equipment. Hands-on class projects help students understand the application of their classroom studies.
The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for a high-paying career in manufacturing. Through a combination of class, lab and Work-Based Learning work experience, students will learn to interpret blueprints, set up manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machines, understand basic and advanced machining operations, use computer aided manufacturing (CAM) to program sophisticated CNC machine tools, and make decisions to insure that work quality is maintained.
10 – 15
The demand for machinists is high and projected to grow rapidly. Employment is projected to grow with the new manufacturers in Wayne County and at the N.C. Global TransPark needing 30 to 50 machinist in next two years. For students who like to travel, there are jobs all over the world just waiting for you!
Interested in earning a Bachelor’s? This degree qualifies for East Carolina University’s BS in Industrial Technology Transfer Program! Once you receive your Associate in Applied Science degree at WCC, you have the option of transferring your credits to ECU towards a Bachelor’s in Industrial Technology (BSIT). Learn more about the program at ECU’s website.
MasterCAM Associate Level Certification
MasterCAM Professional Level Certification (Must pass Associate Level with 80+)
NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills)
Machining Level II
Students are required to purchase a few specific tools. Costs are available by calling a Computer-Integrated Machining instructor at (919) 739-6806, (919) 739-6812, or (919) 739-6965.
Employment: Most students have jobs before graduation day. Jobs are available locally and worldwide. Graduates of the WCC Computer-Integrated Machining program are recruited by local and regional industries. Graduates could work in small job shops, large manufactures, public institutions, and governmental agencies as operators, machinists, set-up, machining technicians, CNC machine programmers, CAD/CAM programmers, tool and die makers, machine and tool sales, and shop owners.
Salary: Entry-level salaries range from $24,000 to $40,000 and experienced machinists command salaries of $60,000+ annually.