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Metropolitan Community College Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing

Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing

The CIMM Program will move to MCC-Penn Valley's new Advanced Technical Skills Institute in January 2022. Learn more.

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Business & Technology
Program Coordinator: David Grady, 816.604.5464

This program, designed by MCC-BT's Precision Machining Consortium industry partners, begins with an intensive, one-semester certificate that prepares students to begin a career in manufacturing and machining.

After completing the certificate, students can increase their skills and versatility by taking additional classes, such as CNC and Mastercam, or by earning an Associate in Applied Science degree.

You'll work with the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art precision machining lab. We are a HAAS Technical Education Center (HTEC) and Mastercam software training facility. Our program is also allied with the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

We are certified by National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Creating Opportunities: Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Webb walked away from a job she had for more than a decade to pursue a new direction with MCC's Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing program. She picked up a paid internship along the way and went on to become the first woman machinist in her new employer's shop. Read Jennifer's success story.

Creating Opportunities: Meet Jeff

Jeff Adams' goal was to work in computers once he left the Army. Not long after leaving the service, however, he realized he wanted to try something different. Enter the Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing program. Less than a year after graduating, his career is underway at WestRock. Read Jeff's success story.

What You'll Learn

Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing students will learn to use manual lathes, manual mills and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to manufacture precision metal parts.

What You'll Do and Where You'll Work

You can work as a machinist or CNC programmer at companies such as WestRock, Fike Corporation, Abel Machine, Civacon, UltraSource and many more.

Consortium partners

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?

Our Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing certificate is completed in one, 16-week semester.

When can I enter the program?

You can begin the CIMM program during spring or fall semester.

How much does it cost?

MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college.

Calculate your estimated cost here.

Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

Most general education courses will transfer without a problem. Check with your advisor or counselor and the transfer institution.

Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?

Yes, you can test out of certain courses. We offer credit for select federally approved apprenticeship programs. Contact David Grady for more information about credit for prior learning.

What does it take to succeed in this work?

Some of the personal characteristics needed for this career:

  • Attention to detail: Ability to focus and be thorough with details.
  • Dependability: Responsible, reliable and dependable to fulfill obligations.
  • Cooperation: Positive, pleasant attitude in order to work in a team environment. 
  • Independence: Work with little or no supervision and depend on yourself to complete job tasks. 
  • Initiative: Willingness to take on tasks, responsibilities and challenges. 
  • Integrity: Honest and ethical. 
  • Adaptability/flexibility: Ability to cope with sudden, rapid changes with work and scheduling. 
  • Self control: Ability to be calm, focused and composed even in adverse situations. Must be able to control emotions, anger and aggressive behavior. 
  • Persistence: Ability to stick with difficult job tasks in the face of adversity. 
  • Achievement/effort: Drive and ambition to meet personally challenging goals and put effort into mastering job task.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?

MCC delivers the most cost-effective technical career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.

  • Our classes combine instructor-led and on-line learning with hands-on lab work.
  • State-of-the-art labs with the same equipment you'll find in industry.
  • Industry-experienced professionals teach convenient day and evening classes. Our graduates are in demand. The CIMM certificate/degree from MCC-BT is well respected among local industries.
  • State-of-the-art precision machining labs. We are a certified HAAS Technical Training Center (the gold standard for CNC education)
  • We offer NIMS Certification for certain courses.
  • You'll become proficient with industry standard software such as Mastercam
  • Experienced instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom

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