Start a career in advanced manufacturing with Middlesex Community College’s new Engineering Technology Precision Machining Certificate Program. Classes are offered 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Registration is now open and fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This nine month, 27-credit program prepares students for in-demand entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. Students will gain skills in mathematics, communications, technical problem-solving, and general machining. Students will also complete 300 hours of hands-on precision machining training at Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s state-of-the-art Machining Lab.

“The precision machining industry continues to be a strong employer in the region,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. “However, this sector faces a shortage of trained workers as incumbent employees approach retirement.

“This certificate program prepares students for a variety of in-demand, entry-level employment opportunities with manufacturers, including those that serve the aeronautics, medical device, and robotics industries. Earning this certificate can be the first step in a career pathway that can lead to high paying mid- and upper-level machinist, engineering, and management positions.”

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to earn the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Certifications, and sit for 11 National Institute for Metalworking Standards (NIMS) certifications, which are highly valued by precision machining advanced manufacturers. Students who have prior experience may apply for Credit for Prior Learning.

To learn more about MCC’s Precision Machining Certificate Program, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

This program is funded, in part, by a $20,000,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Grant # TC-26450-14-60-A-25.