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Right Skills Now-

CNC Machining

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Accelerated CNC training program for military and civilians

 The Vincennes University Right Skills Now – CNC Machining program is designed to prepare veterans and civilian adult learners to become well-rounded entry level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is a combination of machining theory, 25%, and extensive hands-on training, 75%. The duration of the training is 15 weeks at 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, for a total of 600 hours. Four college credits are awarded for successfully completing the training and each of the 6 required NIMS credentials, for a total of 24 credit hours. A Certificate of Graduation may be earned by also taking an applied math I class and an interpersonal communication class. The VUHTEC CNC lab contains 13 industrial size Haas CNC machines plus an array of supporting manual machines and metrology equipment.
As a VA approved program, veterans can apply their benefits towards tuition and supplies, and in some cases living expenses. Candidates must have a high school diploma, or a GED, take TABE and WorkKeys assessments from WorkOne, and ideally, are interviewed by a potential employer from their geographical area prior to the training. The training can be tailored somewhat to meet the needs of a specific company, and students are placed immediately into CNC machine setup and operation positions. Classes run January through April, May through August, and September through December. Temporary housing is avaiable.
Dan Flick

Vincennes University

Gene Haas Training and Education and Center (HTEC)

Lebanon, Indiana

Right Skills Now-CNC Machining

An Accelerated Training Program for Veterans and Civilians.  Starts May 8th, 2017


1. To provide high quality training on state-of-the-art equipment to help bridge the Advanced Manufacturing “skills


2. To provide well-rounded entry level skilled CNC Machinists to an industry that is in desperate need.

3. To provide opportunities for students to earn industry recognized *NIMS credentials.

4. To prepare Veterans and Civilian adult learners for gainful employment as CNC Machinists.

5. To prepare students for life-long learning in a CNC machining career.

     *NIMS is the acronym for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills



The Vincennes University Right Skills Now-CNC Machining program is designed to prepare Veterans and civilian adult learners to

become well-rounded entry level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is a combination of

machining theory and extensive hands-on training. The duration of the training is 15 weeks or approximately 600 hours. College credit is not awarded for this program, rather it is designed as an accelerated program of study around industry recognized NIMS credentials based on skills needed for a career in CNC machining and manufacturing. Depending on the

performance of the student in the class, the staff of the VU HTEC will recommend the graduates in one of three entry

level categories: 1-CNC Machinist, 2-CNC Setup and Operator, or 3-CNC Operator.



This program is designed for Veteran and Civilian adult learners.  Recent high school graduates are first referred to

Vincennes University's two-year Precision Machining Technology program. Entrance requirements include a high school

diploma or a GED successful completion of a VU HTEC Mechanical Aptitude test.



Required NIMS Industry Recognized Credentials:

(Earning these credentials IS expected for successful completion of course.)

1. NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety

2. NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout

3. NIMS CNC Mill Operator

4. NIMS CNC Lathe Operator

5. NIMS Milling: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1

6. NIMS Turning: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1


Optional Industry Recognized Credentials:

Earning these credentials IS NOT required for successful completion of course, but if time and circumstances

allow, may be attempted in order to tailor the training to the needs of their employer, or future employer.

1. NIMS Milling: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 2

2. NIMS Turning: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 2

3. Mastercam Mill Design and Toolpaths

4. Mastercam Lathe Design and Toolpaths


Certificate and College Credit:

Upon successful completion of the program, in addition to earning NIMS certifications, the trainee will be awarded with a

Vincennes University Certificate of completion for the Right Skills Now CNC-Machining training program. 24 credit hours will also be awarded upon successful completion. If a student transfers in, or completes an additional 6 credit hours from Applied Math and Technical Communications, the student earns a certificate of graduation.  The certificate of graduation can be applied to a 2 year associates degree. The student needs another 30 credit hours to complete an associate’s degree.






The Vincennes University HTEC is approved by the Veterans Administration for training.

VU will provide all of the training at the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) CNC Training Center which is located

in Lebanon, Indiana at the Gene Haas Training and Education Center. The HTEC lab contains 13 full size Haas CNC machines along with 12 Haas control simulators, and 15 seats of Mastercam CAD/CAM software and miscellaneous manual machines. In addition to the CNC machines and manual machines, the center has a variety of precision measuring tools to train students in the use and care of metrology equipment.



The Vincennes University HTEC Gene Haas Training Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality training available for Haas CNC machines and related technologies. The center leverages the support of its many manufacturing partners to

provide training on the latest technology available. The list of partners includes: Haas Automation, Renishaw, Mitutoyo,

Clodfelter Engineering, Sandvik, Mastercam, Quality Mill Supply, Zeiss, Immerse2Learn, SGS Tools, Techniks,

Wallover, RegoFix, Lista, Fifth-Axis, Calculated Industries, and others. The VU HTEC is also in partnership with

Veterans Administration counselors, the Indiana National Guard employment specialists, and the WorkOne in order to

help recruit and place students.


Tuition and Fees:

The cost of the program is $8760.96. This includes all tuition, lab fees, textbooks, materials, hardware, software, and NIMS testing. Toolbox and tools $1500. LIFT (Lightweight Innovations of The Future), and Gene Haas Foundation Scholarships, and other financial aid resources, are available to assist students.


Weekly Schedule:

8:00am – 9:00am          Study Period/ Immerse2Learn

9:00am – Noon             Lecture 1.0 hour/Lab 2.0 hours

Noon-12:30pm              Lunch (1/2 hour)

12:30 – 4:30pm             CNC Lab 4.5 hours

8.5 hours per day



The Right Skills Now-CNC Machining program is offered three times per year with starting dates in early May, January, and

September. Class size is limited to 12 students per class to maintain the highest quality of training.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Students will be recruited through industry partner companies, the VA, the Indiana National Guard, WorkOne in Indiana,

and its counterpart one-stop employment centers in other states, along with multimedia contact. Ideally, companies will

be involved in the candidate selection process from the beginning.



Vincennes University will use its own resources along with the resources of its partners, to help trainees to gain full time

employment. Ideally, companies will be involved in the candidate selection process up front, and will hire immediately

upon graduation.



For more information

email: dflick@vinu.edu

or call (317) 381-6070