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CNC Bootcamp

Whether you’re searching for your first job, seeking additional training or determining your next step after military service, ACE is helping prepare new and experienced workers for top manufacturing facilities across the country.

Through ACE, participants receive online instruction and hands-on, in-person training that supports a new career path—or advancement—in the machine tool industry. No prior experience or education in the field is required to enroll in the ACE computer numerical control (CNC) machining training program.

With 30,000 machining companies and a multitude of job vacancies, the American manufacturing industry is booming. Whether you're starting out, transitioning from the military, or seeking fresh prospects, ACE is here to guide you.

The hands-on machining camps are one class a week for 5 weeks.

The online training consists of 5 modules and should take 6-10 hours to complete. The online program is self-paced training and covers introduction to machining, machining costs, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and more.

The in-person training will consist of 5 full days, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, once a week, for 5-week sessions. During the hands-on portion of the camp, you will fabricate and assemble a functioning oscillating piston air engine.

To sign up for an in-person camp, please register for and complete the free online course. 

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The course fee is $50, covering all tools, materials, supplies, snacks, lunch, and a T-shirt! Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, participants will be celebrated and awarded a tool. The CNC camps at Indian River State College are supported by the America's Cutting Edge (ACE) program. The CNC camp is supported by America's Cutting Edge (ACE) program, to offset the critical national shortage of CNC machinists.  

ACE is supported by the U.S. Department of Defense’s office of Innovation Capability and Modernization through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program. ACE brings together the scientific expertise of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), advanced training tools and techniques developed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), and the workforce development leadership of IACMI—The Composites Institute.

For any inquiries, contact Natalia Chekhovskaya, Executive Director, nchekhov@irsc.edu  or 772-462-7295.

Bootcamp schedule in 2024-2025:

Camp 1: October 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 2024

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Camp 2: January 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 2025

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Camp 3: Feb 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 2025

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Camp 4: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2025

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Camp 5: August 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, 2025

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For inquiries about Camp 6, contact janders1@irsc.edu or call 410-599-5383. 

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