Hybrid Program for CNC Machining Training

Goal is to foster development of next-gen high-tech machinists in the U.S.

Goal is to foster development of next-gen high-tech machinists in the U.S.

Students and adults will complete online, augmented computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software training created by UT Engineering Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty Member Tony Schmitz, followed by a hands-on, CNC bootcamp on the PSCC campus in Summer 2021. Image courtesy of IACMI.


A new hybrid program for CNC machining training has been launched, in part, by IACMI, that combines online learning and in-person machine time to deliver fast, engaging, and high-quality education aimed at developing the next generation of high-tech machinists in the United States.

The physics-based training is part of America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a national initiative for machine tool technology development and advancement. It is supported by the Department of Defense (DOD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program from the Office of Industrial Policy.

DOD is utilizing the scientific expertise of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the workforce development leadership of IACMI. IACMI is partnering with The University of Tennessee (UT) and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) in Knoxville to pilot the new machine tool training framework.

Students and adults will complete online, augmented computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software training created by UT Engineering Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty Member Tony Schmitz, followed by a hands-on, CNC bootcamp on the PSCC campus in Summer 2021.

“The two-phase pilot program will help identify and train machine tool designers and production managers through a cost-effective, virtual training program,” Schmitz says. “All online participants will work at their own pace on home computers. 

After the online portion of the course, a small group will be selected to join the second phase of the training that supplements the online lessons with a hands-on, immersive training session.”

Click here to learn more about ACE and register for the virtual training.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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