New Course Accelerates Machining Careers in Manufacturing

Oct. 3, 2006

HUNTINGTON — A new course at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers a head start on a manufacturing career.

The Accelerated Advanced Machining Course beginning Oct. 17 at RCBI Huntington is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the machine tool industry. The 12-week concentrated course will introduce students to machine safety and the set-up and operations of manual lathes and milling machines as well as CNC (computer-numerical control) lathes and mills.

The course is open to adults with high school degrees or equivalency diplomas. An instructor with industry experience will teach the class at RCBI Huntington in a shop-floor setting.

The Accelerated Advanced Machining Course is part of RCBI’s continuing efforts to help dislocated workers and others secure good jobs in the manufacturing industry, said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI.

“RCBI is excited to present another innovative approach that helps individuals pursue career opportunities in advanced manufacturing,” she said.

RCBI offers individual NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) testing at its Huntington, Charleston and Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers for those proficient in areas of metalworking. Highly valued by industry, the credentials boost an individual’s opportunities for employment and promotion.

In addition, individuals testing for and earning three manual machining NIMS certifications may enroll directly in RCBI’s CNC (computer-numerical-control) machining program, which shortens the number of semesters necessary to finish saving both time and tuition costs. The certified program prepares individuals for rewarding careers in industry and offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree.

For more information, contact Interim Director of Student Recruitment Becky Calwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.781.1690. To register for the Accelerated Advanced Machining Course, go to