A Letter From Our President . . .

Dear Career Education Community,

It is with a heavy heart to inform you about the upcoming closure of NTMA Machinist Career College. After extensive deliberation and evaluation of the current situation, the NTMA Board of Trustees made the decision to close the college. The final cohort of students, beginning on July 8, 2024, will complete their programs on February 25, 2025.

NTMA Machinist Career College understands the impact this closure will have on students, staff, and the community. Several factors have contributed to this decision, including financial challenges. Despite efforts to find alternative solutions, the board has concluded that the institution can no longer sustain the college’s operations.

NTMA Machinist Career College is committed to ensuring that the final cohort of students, and currently enrolled students, receives the high-quality education and training that NTMA Machinist Career College has always provided. The faculty and staff will continue to support these students through to their graduation and placement; ensuring they are well-prepared to enter the machining industry.

NTMA Machinist Career College understands that you may have many questions and concerns regarding this closure. NTMA Machinist Career College will be holding informational meetings as the weeks progress to provide more details and to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, the administrative team is available to address any immediate concerns.

NTMA Machinist Career College deeply regrets any inconvenience and hardship this closure may cause. NTMA Machinist Career College’s focus remains on supporting the students, staff, and community throughout this transition.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Danielle Skinner

What Is A Machinist?

Imagine being a super hero for machines. A machinist is like a magician who uses special tools to shape and create things from metal, plastics and other solids. They make parts that go into cars, airplanes, and even AI operated robots. Just like a sculpture carves a statue, machinist carves metal to make it fit perfectly and do amazing things!

Precision Manufacturing Training

For over 50 years, NTMA has trained thousands of students on the basics of machining. Located in Santa Fe Springs, California, our campus houses some of the most current innovations available in today’s industry.

Our machinist classes are designed to provide students with basic knowledge of machining techniques and processes. At the end of the program, students will be certified to set up and operate conventional machining equipment such as grinders, mills, lathes, drill presses, saws and the process to run, operate and program CNC machines. Students will also receive training on topics integral to a career in machining, including safety, quality control, inspection procedures, shop theory, precision measuring instruments, mathematics, and blueprint reading.

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NTMA Machinist Career College Programs

We offer entry-level, 6 and 9 month machinist training as well as two different types of advanced machinist training; ETP State Funded Programs and NTMA Skill-Up Programs. Click below to learn more.  

Advanced Machinist Training Skill-Up Program

Learn More about our Advanced Machinist Training Skill-Up Program

Advanced Machinist Training ETP Funded Programs

Learn More about our Advanced Machinist Training ETP Funded Programs

Here are just a few reasons why NTMA Machinist Career College is the right choice for you.


You will be a Certified Entry-Level Machinist at the completion of the program.


Small classrooms of 15 students or fewer.

Everything You Need to

Shop tools, books, learning supplies, tool boxes and shop attire all provided to students.

Begin a Lifetime

Hundreds of employment opportunities in LA, Orange and surrounding counties.

Program Highlights

Machinist Training

This program is the basics of machining. Students learn the set-up and operation of conventional machining equipment such as grinders, mills, lathes, drill presses, and saws. Instruction is also provided in safety, quality control and inspection procedures, shop theory, precision measuring instruments, mathematics, blueprint reading, and basic CNC operation.

Instruction time is divided equally between classroom, computer lab, and shop, providing a unique blend of practical theory and hands-on experience.

Upon graduation, students may find entry-level employment as an operator of a lathe, mill, grinder, drill press, etc. in the machining and tooling industry. 

Advanced Training – ETP State-Funded Program

These courses are designed to enhance and expand the knowledge for those currently in the machining and tooling industry.

Students must be proficient in the field, with experience and understand the concepts of machining.

The intensity of these advanced courses will prove challenging and require full participation for those interested in becoming competitive in this growing industry. 

Over 55 years of hands-on machinist education and training 

With more than 85,000 graduates, NTMA Machinist Career College is the perfect place for you to begin a rewarding, lifetime career. 

“The training that I’m getting to reach my goals is designed from top to bottom to give me the experience I need to get out into the workforce and begin a great career.”

Benny, CA
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Financial Aid Office

The mission of the Financial Aid office is to help remove financial barriers and to assist students in meeting the cost of attendance for their education. The role of our office is to fill the gap that exists between the cost of attendance and funds available to you from all other possible resources.

Our experienced staff will assist you with completing your financial aid application, determine your level of need; find the financial aid that best fits you while meeting your educational expenses.  

Federal funding is available and designed to help students with limited resources to pay for their education. All Aid is administered by our Financial Aid Department.