Los Angeles Training Center
12131 Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Inland Empire Training Center
1717 S. Grove Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
How to become a Machinist?
Machinists are trained professionals that have been certified in the operation of specific types of machine tools including mills, lathes, grinders and CNC machines. Did you know that it is projected by 2025 that there will be 2 million unfilled machinist jobs in the US.
Why attend Training Centers of Southern California?
- We have year round enrollments. No need to wait long periods of time to enroll once you decide to pursue your education.
- Financial Aid and scholarship are available to those who qualify.
- We offer lifetime placement to our graduates and receive access to leading companies.
- We have a knowledgeable Career Services Department.
- You can become a machinist by enrolling in our training program in 7 months.
Close to 50K individuals have entrusted NTMA with their career training needs in tooling and machining. Each training location offers modern classroom settings and state of the art machinery. Our instructors have extensive knowledge and industry experience so you can learn from individuals who have hands-on experience that can properly train you giving you the abilities to succeed. We have a Career Services Department and we are here to help you with your job search and will assist you with resume writing and interviewing techniques.
NTMA is accredited by ACCSC, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. ACCSC is recognized by the U.S Department of Education as an accrediting agency. NTMA is approved to operate by BPPE, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards. Approved through DOD/MOU and to train Veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 30,33 & 38 U.S. Codes. Accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Programs approved by I-Train and Cal-Jobs.
Programs Offered at NTMA
Machinist Training Program – In this program you’ll learn how to set-up and operate equipment such as drill presses, saws and grinders. You’ll cover safety aspects of machining including inspection procedures. Your time in the program is split between classroom instruction, computer lab and hands-on shop experience. At NTMA you’ll be part of a small class size of less than 20.
Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) – Learn the principles in the operation of a CMM. Apply basic blueprint reading skills and demonstrate an understanding of navigating through a GUI. When you complete the program you’ll have a basic understanding in the programming and operation of a CNC CMM.
MasterCam – As a student of this course you’ll study areas that will introduce you to the basics of Mastercam, its menu structure and functionality. You’ll also learn how to produce complete part programs utilizing Contour, Pocket, Drill and Tap as well as create and translate two-dimensional geometry such as points. Advanced Mastercam classes also available that introduce current MasterCam users to 3 Dimensional, Solids and 4th & 5th Axis.
CNC – Learn the fundamental operations of CNC Mills/CNC Lathes. The course is designed for those machinists that don’t have a CNC manufacturing background. The course is centered around safety, tooling, functionality of the machine, functionality of the control, interface of programs to the machine, graphically and visual dry run and more. Advanced CNC classes also available that enhance the CNC Operators' knowledge by teaching setup and operation using a 4th & 5th Axis CNC Machine.
Inspection – In our inspection course you’ll develop the skills to perform fundamental inspection techniques, emphasizing on third angle projection of blueprints. It is intended for those who have no inspection experience. The program is centered around the safety in the Inspection Environment, Basic Maintenance of Precision Measuring Equipment (PME), Technical Mathematics for Inspection and more.
Be sure to take a look at each of the below scholarships to help pay for your education. Learn more about each scholarship and their eligibility requirements.
- The Bert Richardson Youth Scholarship: This scholarship if for full tuition $11,643.00. Scholarship is awarded to one student per year at each campus.
- LA-NTMA Board Award: $500 scholarship to one student per graduating class.
- The Kartsonis Scholarship: Awards one $500 scholarship at the school’s graduation event.
We will do everything possible to assist you in your transition while you are enrolled at NTMA. You can visit www.gibill.va.gov to see what GI Bill benefits you qualify for.
Since 1968, NTMA Training Centers of Southern California has been training men and women in the machining trade. In fact, over 50,000 people have successfully completed the training programs NTMA Training Centers offer and have gone into a career in manufacturing.
Machining is the process of making items out of raw materials by using mills, lathes, grinders, drill presses and saws. Our favorite saying is “if it can be touched and is not natural in our environment, a machinist made it”. Everything from the cell phones we use to parts on our cars, to the screws and nails used in everyday items, machinist helped make it. Many people think that plastic items, such as water bottles, are made in a plant and all automated. But have you ever thought of how the water bottle was made? Yes, a machinist had to make the plastic molds for the liquid plastic to form the water bottle.
Machining is everywhere and a huge part of the manufacturing sector. After all, manufacturing means to make or produce goods. The economy is booming, the manufacturing sector is coming back in droves to the United States and we have the unique qualifications to train you to join this ever-growing industry.
Have you ever seen a cool rim on a sports car and think “How’d they make that?” Perhaps you are fascinated with airplanes, helicopters, or space shuttles. What about your phones? Did you know that a mold maker (machinist) made the molds for the plastic casing of the phones to be made?
Machining is a career that is very diverse. You could end up working for an Aerospace Company, Medical Device Manufacturer (yes, medical equipment is also made by machinists), Car Manufacturer, or even a company that employs machinists to build machines!
Our Machinist Training Program is an intensive 7-month hands-on school (about ½ your time is spent in our machine shop making parts), that teaches you the basics of machining from shop math, blueprint reading and safety to actually learning on the machines which include mills, lathes, grinders, drill presses, CNC Mills and CNC Lathes. You also get an introduction to measuring tools and inspection techniques.