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Advanced Manufacturing Classes at Sandhills in August

The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Sandhills Community College offers high-tech, in-demand career training through state-of-the-art equipment designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. Through partnerships with local employers, the Advanced Manufacturing Program aligns class offerings and curriculum to provide employers a pipeline of skilled workers with job-specific skills.

In “CNC Programming – CNC MILL & LATHE,” students learn and perform the following components: Concept (each student will choose a part to create and evolve through the entire process), Drawing ( each student will create a drawing, Generation NC Program (including Tool Paths, Tooling Requirements, and Offsets), Evaluation of NC Program (both visually and through use of Graphic Software), Transfer of NC program to CNC machine, Set-up machine for machining of part, Run graphic simulation of CNC machine control panel, Preform Dry-Run to verify program before beginning to cut part. Successful students may qualify to take NIMS Certification test. Prerequisites: CNC Operating

“CNC Programming – CNC MILL & LATHE” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug 15-Feb 25 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $185 plus $75 for materials and text.

“Manual Machining II” is designed to meet entry-level requirements for on-the-job skills. The class teaches students the advanced operations and set-ups for drill presses, metal-cutting saws, lathes, milling machines, and grinders.  Students will also produce precision parts utilizing appropriate speeds, feeds, and tooling.  Successful students qualify to enroll in the “CNC Operations Mill & Lathe.” Basic Machining or machining experience preferred as a prequestie.

“Manual Machining II” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 16-Feb 19 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $185 plus $75 for materials and text.

“Welding Level I” introduces students to welding. The Welding Program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and is designed to train students for mastery of basic welding skills and techniques including safety, metal cutting and fitting, and welding skills using generally recognized industry processes. Upon successful completion, students earn the Level 1 NCCER Welding Certification and are prepared to work in entry-level positions.

“Welding Level I” will be held Aug 14-May 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m, and a second class Aug 18-June 15, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost of the class is $285 plus the cost of the text.

The “Welding Level 2” program follows the National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) curriculum and builds upon content learned in “Welding Level 1.”  Students learn the physical characteristics and mechanical properties of metals, pre and post heating of metals, gas metal and flux cored arc welding, as well as welding safety and symbols, and interpreting detailed welding drawings.  Upon successful completion of written and performance assessments and required training hours, students are awarded a certificate of completion from NCCER. The prerequisites class is “NCCER Welding Level I.”

The class will be held Aug 15-May 29 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. The cost of the class is $285 plus the cost of the text.


Seats are still available for these Advanced Manufacturing classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. You may also register by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information, contact Deneane Smith at (910) 246-4117 or


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