Want a successful career in the manufacturing industry? Check out the hands-on machinist training in our Advanced Precision Machining Technology program.

Machinists are creators of everything from engine blocks to aerospace equipment to a small gear.  Whether you’re looking for CNC or manual machining, you’ll find it here.  If you enjoy working with your hands and with cutting-edge technology, our Advanced Precision Machining Technology program is for you.

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.

Interested in seeing more of our Advanced Precisions Machining facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s ADVANCED PRECISION MACHINING TECHNOLOGY department.

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.

Manufacturers Need Young Talent!

Today’s manufacturing industry is entirely different from what it used to be. It is no longer repetitive, low-skilled work. The industry today is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, and fast-paced work environments. Manufacturing holds a place for all types of workers, whether you like to work with your hands or a computer; the growth opportunities are endless. Most importantly, manufacturing is about creating products that affect everyone’s daily lives and even change the world.

Interested in seeing more of our Manufacturing facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s MANUFACTURING departments.

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.

Marcus Chaplin

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Senior Facilities Manager @ W.W. Grainger

2013 Industrial Engineering Technology
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Tyler Keim

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
CNC Operator @ Elite Tool

2021 Advanced Manufacturing Technology
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Taylor Watson

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Machinist @ Roton Products

2020 Advanced Precision Machining Technology
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Nick Meloy

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Laborer, LoneStar Pipeline Contractors

2020 Fabrication and Welding Technology
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Riley Riehn

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Engineering Technician @ TG Missouri Corporation

May 2019 Industrial Engineering Technology
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Eric Bowman

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Numerical Control Electrician @ Boeing and Anheuser-Busch

2009-2016 AS in Electrical Construction Design & Mgmt, Industrial Technology, and Electrical Maintenance; 2020 BS in Applied Management
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Zach Darr

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Service Technician 3 @ CBRE

2015 Precision Machining Technology
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Frank Roth IV

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Owner, Elite Tool, Moscow Mills, Missouri

2000 Precision Machining Technology
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Dale Niemeier

Department: Alumni Manufacturing

1971 Precision Machining Technology
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Dave Rogers

Department: Alumni Manufacturing

1971 Machining
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