RCBI machinist grad earns 10 national certifications

Jan. 29, 2019

Roger Craft of Scott Depot has become the first Machinist Technology/CNC student at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) to earn 10 certifications from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) – on the first try.

Graduates of RCBI’s two-year program are required to earn a minimum of five NIMS credentials, which are industry vetted and recognized nationwide.

Craft earned his associate of applied science degree in December, graduating summa cum laude a semester early, mastering additional classes and working throughout his studies at Mouldagraph Corporation in Nitro, where he continues his career.

“Roger is one of the finest machinist students I’ve ever mentored,” said Rick Smoot, CNC Machinist instructor at RCBI. “He’s dedicated, reliable and passionate about his craft. This young man is going to go far.”

Craft also is a past recipient of the Haas Scholarship, awarded to RCBI machinist students who excel academically.

“My time at RCBI help refine my creativity by providing me with technical skills and knowledge,” Craft said. “Learning the basics of CNC (computer-numerical-control) programming has opened an exciting new realm. I’m very glad to have gone through RCBI’s program.”

RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC program was the first in the United States to offer nationally recognized credentials with the option of earning an associate of applied science degree from a local community college. Created in 1998 as a direct response to industry need, the program boasts a 90-plus percent placement rate for its graduates.

“RCBI is committed to recruiting and training students like Roger to ensure state manufacturers have topnotch, highly skilled workers they need to innovate and grow,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO.

To learn more about RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC Program or other career skills training options, contact Tracy Straub, workforce recruiter, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.781.1678.