Montco Community College program prepares workers for high-tech manufacturing

Starting June 25, Montgomery County Community College will offer the Machinist-Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Operator program, which will provide students with skills in basic measurement, blue print reading, precision tools, machine milling and lathe operations. (Photo courtesy of

Technology is transforming the way manufacturing workplaces operate today, requiring employers to hire skilled workers who have the ability to work with computerized systems.

To meet this growing need, Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Workforce Development Division offers 210-hour Machinist-Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Operator program, according to a press release.

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The program starts June 25 at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell and can be completed in fewer than six months. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate students who are working full-time and seeking a certification or career change.

Taught by a seasoned manufacturing professional, MCCC’s Machinist-CNC Operator program will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in basic measurement, blue print reading, safety precautions and procedures, precision tools, machine milling and lathe operations, and maintenance and troubleshooting.

“Everywhere you look, manufacturing employers are in need of CNC operators. These skills can’t be learned overnight.  Depending upon your operation, it can take between one to five years to achieve mastery.  We’ve hired a graduate from Montgomery County Community College’s Machinist-CNC Operator program who was able to hit the ground running,” said Gary Schuler, Manufacturing/Plant Manager of the Stein Seal® Company of Kulpsville.

MCCC partners with nearly a dozen manufacturing companies in Montgomery County to train their employees with this program.  According to the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, the annual average salary for experienced operators is $ 65,290, and there is a 16.7% growth expected from 2014-2024 within Montgomery County.

For Michael Rosenberger of Norristown, MCCC’s Machinist-CNC Operator program provided the training he needed to leave the maintenance department at LCR Embedded Systems, Inc., in Norristown and become a CNC machinist/supervisor.

“I was doing the work, but my skills were not advanced enough to do the job without the CNC program,” said Rosenberger, who has since recommended the program to others interested in the field.

According to MCCC’s Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. David DiMattio, “that is what the Workforce Development division is envisioned to do – train people for the high-growth industries of Montgomery County’s economy. We understand that manufacturing has changed, and we want to help train employees for the skilled manufacturing career pathways of tomorrow.”

For more information and to register, contact Gary Hines at 610-718-1974.

About Montgomery County Community College 
For more than 50 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online through a robust Virtual Campus.  

As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to increase completion, improve learning outcomes, and remove barriers to access for students. The College also is recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For more information, visit 

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