“Machining technology encompasses many different aspect of the machining and manufacturing industry” explains Daniel Morales, Program Chair for South Texas College’s Precision Manufacturing Technology (PMT) program. “It can be a mixture of metal-cutting and non-metal cutting processes through the use of traditional machines, computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, precision operations, or electric discharge machining (EDM)”
Through South Texas College’s PMT program, students develop 21st century skills in the theory and use of hand tools, power machinery, computerized equipment, and precision inspection instruments. The program offers both a one-year technical certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science. Students in high school can also earn college credit through the College’s Dual Enrollment Program. The program is also the first in the State of Texas to be accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The NIMS accreditation means that STC has met and exceeded national metalworking industry standards for quality of instruction, incorporation of important, high-level industry skills and overall safety.
The program’s state-of-the-art labs offers students the experience necessary to advance on the job by learning the latest computerized machining technology. While the primary purpose of the program is training skilled, general machinists, students are also trained in various specialties, including CNC, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), inspection and quality control, engineering design and maintenance machining.
As new technologies continue to shape the manufacturing industry, companies are experiencing an immediate demand for machinists who are qualified to operate, construct and maintain machines and equipment.
“There are over 200 jobs available in manufacturing right now with GE Engine Services, Grand Rapids Form Technologies, and Cinch Connectors” explains Keith Patridge, President of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. “STC’s PMT program is not only focused on providing a skilled workforce to fill these positions today, but also offer the training and support to ensure these companies’ long-term success in the future.”
Machining technicians with diversified skills are in high demand and jobs are plentiful. Wages for machining related trades range from $8-$20 per hour for graduates who complete the Certificate program. With additional training and completion of an Associates degree wages rises to $13-$30 per hour or $30-$50K per year.