ROSCOMMON — Kirtland Community College is putting the finishing touches on a new Computer Numerically Controlled lab for a certificate program slated to begin at the college’s M-TEC facility in Gaylord in January.
“Ninety percent of people in this field make $35 an hour,” Sarah Holecheck, director of public information, said. “Students with our CNC certificate will be ready to program tools in metal and plastic manufacturing, and be ready to work in HVAC or electrical technology. It’s an extremely specialized field that’s expanding every day. ”
Students will learn how to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and service CNC systems in commercial or industrial settings The course will combine classroom and lab time so students will learn everything necessary to be a valuable employee — and worth more money.
The program will allow students to study from the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum. They also will have the chance to hone their skills through internships and service-learning projects with local contractors.
Instructors at the M-TEC in Gaylord are industry-trained electrical engineers or master electricians with experience in all CNC-related applications. They will share their experience and deliver an individual training program that will allow students to grow and thrive in a CNC career — or, at the very least, make more money where they currently work.
“Businesses need certified CNC experts every day,” Holecheck said. “There is no end in sight to demand for these skills. People who are analytical trouble shooters, motivated by fixing problems will get a lot out of this certificate program.”
For more information visit www.kirtland.edu or call 989-275-5000, ext. 284.