RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program

Looking for a career as a machinist? RCBI can help.

The nationally recognized program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) opens a career track for the focused, entry-level machinists needed today by West Virginia’s manufacturers, while laying an economic and professional foundation that will help secure the Mountain State’s future prosperity.

Our technical training program offers rigorous, specialized, hands-on instruction that prepares individuals for immediate employment and lifelong professional advancement. Recognized and certified by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program also prepares students to earn individual NIMS certification and presents a career enhancing Associate degree option.

Because RCBI has set up its curriculum and courses from an industry perspective, the focused skills you learn here make it possible for you to enter a shop floor setting and begin work immediately – earning good wages with benefits – while knowing that your career is building. Courses at RCBI develop skills with both conventional machines and computer-controlled manufacturing equipment.

Each program involves a skills assessment, a recommended sequence of hands-on classes and access to RCBI’s industry-experienced staff.

Program Options

  • Machinist Technology/CNC Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree option
  • Technical Training Certificate option
  • Machinist Technology Skill-set option
  • CNC Skill-set option

In addition to these options, primarily focused on individuals, RCBI will deliver customized training of varying lengths to meet manufacturing companies' specific work force needs. Use the RCBI advantage to advance your company’s technical skills. Contact us for details.

College Degree Option

Students have the option to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree through our partnership with Mountwest Community & Technical College. Two-year A.A.S. degrees require, on average, 60 credit hours that full-time students typically earn in four semesters.


The program is available to high school seniors and high school graduates, dislocated workers, welfare-to-work participants, employed individuals, participants in state or privately funded education or training programs, and employers who are expanding the technical capabilities of their current workforce.


RCBI programs are not open enrollment programs, and have admission and candidacy requirements in addition to community college admission guidelines. Each applicant must submit high school transcripts or G.E.D. records. We also assess each applicant’s math skills and require an interview with our staff members. Learn more about our requirements on the “Apply” page, linked below.

Application Process

You can begin your application online, right now:

Apply to RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program



Call 800.469.RCBI (7224) or email machinistprogram@rcbi.org.

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