Suncoast Tech College Year 3 complete and we graduate 21 more machinists

We are just wrapping up our 3rd year of our award winning Precision and CNC Machining Career Training program at Suncoast Technical College -Sarasota, Fla.  We lead the way with producing more machinists with NIMS national certifications than any other school in Florida.  NIMS is the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.  Now, with a heavy heart, we must let this group go on to life long careers in the metalworking industry.  I have watched this group grow fast and start on paid internships before the end of school. 50% of the class was working with about 2 or months remaining. Now we are confident that all will be working in the trade or going on to higher education, such as drafting, design or engineering.  Our ratio of job requests per student was about 3-1 ratio. We cannot fill all the positions that employers ask us for.


Many skilled trades job are retiring plus business is good in manufacturing. Its a good time to become a modern machinist. Work in a nice clean air conditioned facility on high tech components.  Aerospace, medical , motorsports and more. My last job before teaching was as a Senior CNC machinist and CNC programmer at a major defense contractor in Orlando.

We train women, veterans, high school grads and people looking for a career change. One of our woman grads was working at a gas station/store and now is a machinist and a trained welder for a large company. Another graduate is working at a race boat manufacturer making $42,000 straight out of school.  These are good jobs making real things we all need. Running machinery that costs $100,000 and up. Your in charge.

Women in Manufacturing FLATE 2016


Now we are looking for the next group of motivated apprentices for year 4. Seats will fill fast – Classes start Aug 22. Call or go to Suncoast Technical College and sign up today.

Suncoast Technical College   4748 Beneva Rd

Sarasota, Fl. 34233    (941) 924-1365 – Jodie Vaughn – Student Services

About cncdude5x

Lead Instructor for Precision Machining & CNC Automation Educational Program at Suncoast Technical College -
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