Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in working with tools to create useful items? Thrive in hands-on, fast-paced environments? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Machining program.

On the job, you will …

  • Interpret detailed drawings or files, such as blueprints, sketches, and those for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) 
  • Set up, operate and disassemble manual, automatic and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools 
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Machining Job Corps graduates go to work for manufacturing companies, plants or small machine shops. Machinists craft metal and other materials into machine parts and may work with tools operated by computer systems. 

Students should also consider pursuing Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician, Advanced Machinist and other Advanced Training programs at Job Corps as a part of their career pathway. 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Machining program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as:  

  • American Welding Society (AWS) 
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers)  
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses  
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests  
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Henry Singleton
Henry Singleton joined Gary Job Corps Center as the Machining instructor over 10 years ago after graduating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in teaching Introduction to Manufacturing and Machinist Technology and enjoys providing foundational instruction to his students as they begin their careers.