Precision Machining classes, also known as Integrated Machining, are available in Greensville County through Southside Virginia Community College. The program offers a two-year Career Studies Certificate at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at the Government Complex of Greensville County. The curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.
As the instructor, Douglas Beaver has 20+ years working in the Precision Machining Industry. His wealth of knowledge is from experience as CNC Computer Numeric Control ) Machinist, CNC Programmer, Quality Manager, and Sales Engineer in the Machine Tooling Industry. Previously, he was an Instructor in the Computer Integrated Machining program at Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC. He also holds a Degree in Aviation Systems.
The Greensville site offers state of the art machining equipment for hands-on training. The course curriculum is based on the standards of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) offering students the opportunity to earn national industry certifications. In addition to open enrollment classes, Precision Machining is offered as Dual Enrollment for Greensville County High School students in partnership with the school system.
Nakia Chambliss, one of two women currently in the program, notes that learning the new workforce skill will offer her “job stability” after her military career.
Entry level machinists currently make about $20.00 per hour and experienced machinist can make more than $50,000 per year. The Virginia Employment Commission projects there will be major increases in job openings for machinists by the year 2020. The program at SVCC is designed to meet the need for machinists locally and regionally.
Courses for the program include Machine Shop Practices, Blueprint Reading, Computer Numerical Control, and Geometrical Dimensioning.Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process. Many of the tools now used in the processes are computerized and the industry is much more high tech than when it began using processes such as carving wood or hand-forging.