Machine Operator

Machine Operator

Contact Information

Ron Bowman

A significant percentage of the workforce in the machining industry is approaching retirement age and the manufacturing community turned to the Richland College Garland Campus to equip the next generation of workers.

The Richland College Garland Campus has developed a Machine Operator I program in response to a need voiced by the Dallas County Manufacturers' Association through the Garland Chamber of Commerce.

Today many manufacturing companies are high tech, safe, clean and unlike manufacturing shops from your grandparents' era. They are looking for individuals who can work well with a team, have problem solving skills, critical thinking, computer literacy, creativity and a good attitude. For a closer look at the world of manufacturing, watch the video Gotta Make It featuring Garland manufacturer and DCMA member Garrett Metal Detectors.

With training and experience, the machine operator program can lead to a well-paying career or serve as a foundation to start a small business.

Potential students for the Machine Operator I program must have a high school diploma or GED, and be willing to work in a manufacturing setting.

Spring 2014 Schedule

The curriculum includes:

  • AutoCAD
  • Manufacturing Technology Precision Machinist
  • Blue Print Reading/Autocad
  • Safety Training
  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Lathe Operations
  • Vertical Mill Operations
  • Shop Math
  • Work Experience
  • Job Search Assistance

"The student who interned at Smith Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. came well prepared as an entry level machine operator. Observation of the skill sets attained in the training and their application during the internship resulted in the student being hired at the end of the training. Skills demonstrated in the machine environment would typically have taken six to twelve months on the job training to learn. The Machine Operator I program is a very cost effective resource."

Jim Palmer
Smith Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.

"We recently hired a graduate of the Machine Operator I program and are pleased to have him here. He is anxious to learn and respectful. All you hear about young adults these days is so negative. It is awesome to know that there are young adults who will be ready to lead the next generation. Again, thank you for this wonderful opportunity."

Karen Lynch
A.P.I. Precision Machining, Inc.

Click Here for the downloadable flyer.

Orientation is held each Tuesday & Thursday at 9 a.m. at the
Garland Campus, 675 W. Walnut, Garland, TX 75040
No cost to Qualified Participants

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