skill up – high tech advanced machinist training 

NTMA is proud to add our SKILL UP- High Tech Advanced Machinist Training Classes designed for experienced machinists looking to attain greater proficiency in the areas of CNC machining, Mastercam programming, Solidworks programming, Inspection, and CNC CMM programming. With access to some of the most advanced equipment in the industry, students will be afforded the skills and experience required to secure a place at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

Whether you are currently employed or recently completed our introductory 7 month machining training course, NTMA’s SKILL UP – high tech advanced training may just be what you need to take your career to the next step. Between our comprehensive curriculum, flexible scheduling, and innovative facilities, we are able to create expert candidates equipped with the advanced skills needed to compete in a highly competitive, global marketplace.

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Advanced Machinist Training


Course Description:
This program is designed to train students basic-to-intermediate computer aided drafting and design (CADD) techniques, in addition to three different categories of toolpath creation: 1) Simple two-dimensional milling toolpaths; 2) Intermediate surface-driven toolpaths; and 3) More complex four-axis and/or mill-turn toolpaths.

Course Competencies:
CADD Concepts:
Wireframe Geometry Creation: Points, Lines, Arcs and Polygons.
Wireframe Modifications: Chamfers, Fillets, Trimming, Breaking and Joining.
Transformation Techniques: Translate, Mirror, Offset, Rotate, Scale, Dynamic.
Advanced Options: Standard Planes, Axonometric Planes, 3D Wire-Frame, Construction Depth.
Surfacing: Loft & Ruled, Draft, Sweep, Net.
Surface Modifications: Trimming, Extending, Filleting, Trimming.
Solid Creation Methods: Extrude, Revolve, Loft, Sweep, Sectioning.

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Concepts:
2D Toolpaths: Contour, Pocket, Slot, Engrave, Chamfer and Dynamic Milling.
3D Toolpaths: Parallel, Flowline, Waterline, Hybrid, Scallop and Opti-Rough.
4-Axis Toolpaths For Mill or Mill/Turn.
Lathe Toolpaths: Rough, Finish, Drill, Groove and Part Off, Boring, Canned Routines.
Post-Processing and Editing Programs with Cimco Edit.


Course Description:
This 80-hour course is designed to train students to a higher level of competencies in the use and operation of Solidworks Software. Students learn the use of parametric CAD system to create and edit sketches, models and assemblies, as well as create part and assembly prints. Cost of course includes one full year of Solidworks Software licensing and online course reference materials.

Course Enrollment Fees Include ALL Of The Following:
One year online access to downloadable Solidworks Software.
One year online access to all in-class training materials.
Hardcover course books and various training literature.
NTMA Training Centers Solidworks Certification Certificate upon completion of 80-hour course.
One year online access to Solidworks test – designed for those looking to receive
Certificate of Completion from SolidWorks Software.


Course Description:
This course is designed for those in the industry with no Inspection background and is interested in learning the skills to perform fundamental inspection techniques. Emphasizing on third angle projection and blueprints and applying basic concepts of inspection techniques utilizing basic inspection tools and equipment, such as indicators, micrometers, optical comparator, height gages, surface plates, and portable articulating Romer arm. In addition, students will enhance their level of GD&T, and apply quality system standards.

The course is designed for individuals who have no inspection experience and is centered on the following integrated areas:

Course Competencies:
Blueprint reading for the Inspection process.
Identify the safety needs and the importance of quality control.
Basic Maintenance of Precision Measuring Equipment (PME).
Shop application of inspection tools and measuring concepts.
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing:  (GD&T).  Interpret and apply geometric properties and relationships.
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing: (GD&T).  Interpret and calculate the variation in form fit, and function utilizing the ANSI standard.
Apply directed strategies integrating the above concepts by applying all techniques utilized in the course to the shop, using: the surface plate, and optical comparator.
Apply Quality System Standards and inspection reports.


Course Description:
This program is designed to train students to a higher level of competencies in the operation and programming of CNC Machines through the instruction of CAM Software. Students learn the use of the CAM system to create and edit programs from blueprints, construct programs using 2 and 3-dimensional wire frame models to generate programs and toolpaths. Students also learn basic machining, turning, and advanced surface modeling techniques.

Course Competencies:
Students will be introduced to basic operations of CAM Software.
Students will use the basics of Geometry in the creation of prismatic geometry.
Students will edit and modify Geometry.
Students will understand stock definition and chuck parameters.
Students will apply Toolpath creation and the use of library tools, Toolpath Backplot, and Verification.
Students will create/post CNC code file(s).
Students will use the Work Coordinate System (WCS) and Construction Planes.
Students will apply 3D Geometry to the creation of Basic Surface Constructions.
Students will create 3D Toolpaths.
Students will complete final reviews and assessments.


Course Description:
This program is designed to train students the principals and practices in the operation of a Coordiante Measuring Machine (CMM), and is centered on the following integrated areas:

Course Competencies:
Prepare a basic program and operation of a prismatic part on our Zeiss Duramax CNC CMM.
Navigate through a graphical user interface to provide necessary functions for proper probe selection and qualification.
Plan a program layout for CNC CMM using Calypso software.
Make a basic program for CNC CMM using Calypso software.
Measure, analyze and prepare a detailed inspection report.
All programs and setups will be done on our Zeiss Duramax CNC CMM using Calypso software.
CMM off-line programming (2D model programming).


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Santa Fe Springs, California 90670




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