Machinist Training

Machinist Training Program Overview

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. Read on for further information pertaining to program length and start date, course modules, financial aid opportunities, and more.

Program Scope & Objectives

Our machinist classes are designed to provide students with intermediate 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, and saws. 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. Instruction time will be divided between classroom, computer lab, and shop, providing a unique blend of practical theory and hands-on experience to adequately prepare students to succeed in the modern global market.

Program Length

Classes are five days a week, at either accelerated or standard schedule availability. This program is a 725-hour classroom program with 180 clock hours of additional outside work. Total instructional time is 905-hours, 51.5 total credit hours.

Classes are Monday through Friday, offered either in the morning (7:30am – 12:30pm), the afternoon (1:00pm-6:00pm), OR in the evening (6:00pm-11:00pm).

Our accelerated program is on hold until mid-2022.

Machining Classes & Module Breakdown

This program is broken up into five main modules, each six weeks long. In-depth descriptions of each module can be found on pages 32-35 of our course catalog.

  • Module I: Introduction to Machine Technology I
  • Module II: Conventional Mills I & Lathe I
  • Module III: Conventional Mills II, Lathe II, & Surface Grinders
  • Module IV: CNC Mills & CNC Lathes
  • Module V: CNC Mills, CNC Lathes II, EDM & Robotics

Upon enrollment, all students receive interview/professional attire, a brand new laptop, books, tools & supplies, and even a stainless steel briefcase to store your projects—all of which is included in tuition.

Who Can Apply?

Our CNC Machine Training Program was developed for beginner to intermediate level machinists, meaning no prior training or experience is required in order to apply. We do, however, require basic criteria to ensure NTMA is the best fit for you. As listed below, all applicants must:

  • Possess a high school diploma, or its equivalent
  • Be interviewed by an Admissions Representative
  • Participate in a campus tour
  • Attend an orientation session

Exceptions apply for prospective students with special circumstances, such as those enrolled in the Ability-to-Benefit program. Contact us for more information.

Student Scholarships & Financial Aid

NTMA is committed to making education accessible to all qualified candidates, regardless of background. Depending on eligibility requirements, students have the opportunity to receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, federal and state funding, or subsidized/unsubsidized loans.

Visit our Financial Aid page to see if you qualify for any of the options listed above. If you have questions or prefer to speak to someone in the Financial Aid Office, give us a call at (562)-921-3722.

Make NTMA Part of Your Story 

Learn from expert manufacturers

NTMA employs qualified instructors with decades of combined experience across the machining, tooling, and manufacturing industries. With classes of no more than 15 students, our instructors are committed to providing the 1:1 support and resources to help students succeed beyond just the classroom or shop.

Receive lifetime job placement assistance

From the moment you enroll at our school to your first day on the job, NTMA will be there to support you every step of the way. With career services that include resume writing workshops, mock interviewing, student project exhibits, and on-campus job fairs, you are not only guaranteed to find a job after graduation, but find the job that’s right for you.

Join our alumni network of successful machinists

When you graduate from NTMA, you join a global alumni network of more 80,000 certified machinists who have gone on to have successful careers in manufacturing. Whether you’re hoping to secure a position at a large corporation, or you have dreams of opening your own shop, our talented graduates have done it all.

Take Your First Step Towards Becoming a Certified Machinist Today

Receive the state-of-the-art training our network of employers are looking for. With the highest graduation rating in the industry, NTMA is your ticket to a brighter future. Fill out our quick online form and we will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions and schedule an interview. We also host events throughout the year where you’ll have the opportunity visit our classrooms, walk our shop floor, and hear from current students and staff about their experience. Contact us for more information—The NTMA Family Welcomes You.


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Santa Fe Springs, California 90670




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