New Machinist Program

Interested in a challenging aerospace machinist career but don’t want the debt?

We offer a 15-week paid machinist training program. The New Machine Operator Class will cover a wide variety of topics preparing each student for the culture at Acutec Precision Aerospace Inc. as well as expectations.  In addition, we will educate and train each student to become self-sufficient and independent workers capable of machining, inspecting and holding oneself accountable for the quality of product produced at their machine.

  • Step 1: Apply
  • Step 2: Pass an interview and drug screening
  • Step 3: Demonstrate aptitude through the WorkKeys exam

Scores above a 6 in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information are correlated with good outcomes in the machinist profession

Weeks 1-4: Department Rotations

Rotate through four departments, understand how the different areas affect each other and get an idea of how parts flow through the facility and our various systems and procedures. Gain an introduction to the Four Philosophies of Acutec, communication, the Effort Grid, accountability, expectations and the future of Acutec.

  • Saw: Learn about aerospace traceability, safety, material properties, documentation, routing and equipment maintenance
  • Deburr lab: Blueprint reading with attention to chamfer, radius and break edges, work instructions, manual deburr tools, attention to detail and the implications of rework
  • Quality: Learn how to fill out inspection reports, material tags, basic inspection equipment usage, blue print reading with attention to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Tool room: Understand different drills, reamers, cutters, inserts, and end mills as well as tool holders and offsets

Weeks 5-15: Machining Apprenticeship

(acceleration dependent on performance)

Train with machinists and attend three 2-hour on-site classes per week.

  • Week 5: Router Reading,  material handling, FOD, corrosion, NC Codes, red tags, non-conformance/scrap control and traceability 
  • Week 6: Basic math, formulas and calculations, blue print interpretation
  • Weeks 7 & 8: Inspection principles
  • Weeks 8 & 9: Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Weeks 9 & 10: Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)

Throughout training period, participant will attend tooling lunch and learns and other company-wide trainings as offered