Want a successful career in the manufacturing industry? You’ll get hands-on CNC machinist training in Ranken’s Precision Machining Technology program.

Does going to machinist school sound right for you?

PMT (1)It’s fun for you to work with tools and technology, and learning how to make something new.

You also like to draw and design things – your mind is both creative and analytical.

You want a stable, well-paying career that’s in high demand.

Does this sound like you? If so, Ranken’s CNC machinist training could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. The hands-on experience that you’ll receive is unparalleled in the region.

The use of sophisticated CNC machine tools is increasing rapidly in the manufacturing industry. With the demand for machinists generated by the local defense industry, the St. Louis area is experiencing a shortage of workers trained in the latest technologies. This makes for a great employment outlook for machinist school graduates.

Why choose Ranken for CNC machinist training?

PMT (2)As new technologies continue to shape the manufacturing industry, companies are experiencing an immediate demand for machinists who are qualified to construct and maintain machines and equipment.

Through Ranken’s Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program, you’ll receive hands-on instruction in the design and construction of operating components for machinery. You’ll be prepared for employment in machining, Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) programming, inspection/ quality control, maintenance and machine tool building.

You’ll learn both the general skills that you need to get started in the field, and you’ll also be trained in specialties including CNC, CAD/CAM, inspection and quality control, engineering design and maintenance machining.

The program is accredited by National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), an industry benchmark of manufacturing certification.

Robert Pacanowski

Department Chair/Instructor


Andrew Crowe

Instructor, Full Time


John Vanover

Instructor, Full Time


Paul L. Durkee

Instructor, Full Time

Throughout the four-semester associate degree program, students will gain practical experience while programming and operating modern machinery in a well-equipped facility similar to those commonly found in today’s industry. The curriculum includes mechanical and computer design, dimensioning, blueprint reading and fundamental tool making, as well as hands-on experience in basic hand tools and shop technologies. In addition, the program emphasizes the application of basic math principles in simulated shop situations. The program curriculum comprises various specialties, including:

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Inspection
  • Maintenance Machining

By analyzing a company’s end product, constructing the parts and maintaining various pieces of equipment on an ongoing basis, students are exposed to problem-solving skills and are trained to meet the machining needs of today’s technical industries. Instruction occurs on the latest state-of-the-art equipment.