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Machining Technology in the 21st century... Computer Controlled Design & Manufacturing Capabilities

Opportunities for program completers include manufacturing industry careers as machine tool operators, precision machinists, tool and die makers, CNC operators and programmers, and quality control inspectors. Trained machinists are in demand.


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Palm Beach State College awards students who complete the Machining Technology program a Career Certificate Program Training Certificate.

More than 400 business partners support Palm Beach State’s career programs. These great partners work closely with the College to ensure that students learn exactly what they’ll need to know to get a job after graduation. The partners also provide internships, training sites, guest speakers, company tours, scholarships, mentoring and help in sourcing equipment for student labs.

Read about one of the Machining Technology program’s valuable partners:

Barry O'Connell
Vice President of Business Development and Engineering
Logus Microwave Corp. | West Palm Beach
Chairperson, Machining Technology Business Partnership Council

Machining Lab

Machining lab in the Education & Training Center on the Lake Worth campus

Meeting industry standards

Addressing local needs is one part of the picture, but so is making sure that students get what they need to succeed anywhere. Palm Beach State College’s Machining Technology students owe their mobility, in no small part, to Barry O’Connell.

“We were involved before the first brick was
laid over there, before the first machine,” says O’Connell. That was 10 years ago. Today, the majority of his machine shop employees are graduates of PBSC. “They’re doing very well.
It’s been a fantastic partnership.”

Machinists produce precision parts for products, such as the microwave switching devices for telecommunication systems that are designed and manufactured by Logus Microwave. The work is done using computer numerical control (CNC) hardware and software, and the College followed the advice of O’Connell and other partners to get state-of-the-art Haas machines. “We’ve got Haas machines here,” says O’Connell, “and when the graduates come out, they’re very familiar with the controls, the language and the programming.”

O’Connell also encouraged the College to pursue accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, which sets the skill standards for the industry. Now Logus and fellow business partner Kreiger Machine Company devote quality control hours to inspecting the parts students create, in order to help them earn nationally recognized NIMS credentials. “Nothing slides, and if there’s anything found that is noncompliant to the drawing, we’ll send it back,” says O’Connell. Most students pass the first time around.

This profile is an excerpt from the article “A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success” in PBSC’s Contact magazine. Read the full article now.

nims logoPalm Beach State College's Machining Technology Program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. To learn how this can benefit you, click the NIMS logo.

Check Admissions Status

Your admission to a Trade and Industry program may be delayed for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You have not taken the TABE or provided proof of exemption.
  • You have not had an advising session with a Career Certificate program advisor.
  • You have completed 50% of your program courses and have not satisfied the VPI co-requisite course requirements.

See a Career Certificate program advisor or Workforce Assessment advisor to complete your application process. This program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Some students entering this program are required to take the TABE test. All are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. For more information on the TABE, admissions procedures or program information contact Career Certificate Program Advisor Mikayel Ishmael or call 561-868-3557.

This program is located at Palm Beach State at Lake Worth.


NOTE: Credit may be available for prior learning. Please contact the program director for more information.

Contact Information

Lynn Highsmith
Program Director 

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