I'm asked from time to time about manufacturing- and machining-related programs - where they are, and how to find them. Even now with unemployment in the manufacturing ranks in major turmoil, I hear from shops and plants regularly that the shortage of qualified, quality people is still a real issue for them.
Mike Lynch, founder of CNC Concepts and all-around CNC guru, has created, posted and mantains a pretty comprehensive list of trade, industrial and higher-level schools and universities that provide curriculae for the metalworking, manufacturing and machining trades.
You can check out the list right here.
Each listing includes contact information, the courses provided (i.e., Basic machining practices, Shop math, Blueprint reading, Computer aided design, Computer aided manufacturing, 3d programming, CNC manual programming, Setup and operation, etc.), Equipment (i.e., Machine types, Control types, CAD systems, CAM systems, DNC systems, etc.), and general descriptions of the classes, schools and schedules.
There may be more comprehensive lists, but I've always gravitated toward the CNC Concepts' list. Not only are there outfits listed in the U.S. and Canada, but there are also some international schools on this list.
Whether you're looking for personnel or maybe just looking for someplace worthy to donate some energy in your area, this list is for you. Thanks, Mike.
If you know of any more lists more comprehensive than this one, let MOJO know about.