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Fast Track to CNC Manufacturing

Through this Real Jobs RI program, you will prepare for a good-paying career in manufacturing, one of Rhode Island’s fastest growing industries. Earn free college credits toward your Associate's Degree in Advanced Manufacturing while learning the skills employers are looking for right now in this two-phase advanced manufacturing boot camp.

Phase 1: Earn 13 college credits in this 19-week program that introduces the fundamentals of manufacturing, safety, precision measurement and blueprint reading. Get job interview training, resume building, help finding your first position in manufacturing as a CNC operator, Quality Control person, or entry-level manual machinist or toolmaker and earn your OSHA-10 certification.

Next Phase 1 Course: Starting on August 13, 2024 at the Liston Campus in Providence

Recruiting is ongoing, however, the selection of candidates for this cohort will be completed by July 12, 2023.

Through our partner, Polaris MEP, interviews are set up and job placement is often achieved at the end of Phase 1.

Please complete the Program Inquiry Form to begin the recruiting process and you will recieve additional program information and an invitation to the CNC Manufacturing Open House on Wednesday, June 26.

Phase 2: Earn six college credits while learning deeper skills and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing processes to become a CNC machinist. After completion, you can work as a CNC machinist or have a career in manufacturing. 

CNC Participant Process

  1. Must be 18 years or older, a Rhode Island resident, and a U.S. citizens or work authorized
  2. Contact the program coordinator to start the qualification processRJRI Logo
  3. Apply and complete Phase 1. View course descriptions 
  4. Phase 1 includes career development activities like interview prep, resume writing, company tours, and job shadowing 
  5. Complete Phase 2
  6. After successfully completing both phases, you will earn CCRI's Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing

If interested in applying for future cohorts, please complete our Program Inquiry Form.




No charge! This program is free for all that qualify and are accepted.


Time Commitment

  • Phase 1: 557 hours (19 weeks)
  • Phase 2: 135 hours (15 weeks)





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