Have you ever held a well-made tool? You can instantly feel the weight, the balance, the rightness of something designed for a purpose. You too can know the satisfaction of a job well done as an Advanced Manufacturing student at RV. In our hands-on certificate program, you’ll master the machine basics, precision, and advanced technical skills you need to become a manufacturing professional in today’s growing market. 

Pursue one of these career track options:

  • Manual Mill Operator (required courses – MACH 110, MACH 120)
  • Engine Lathe Operator (required courses – MACH 110, MACH 130)
  • Manual Machinist (required courses – MACH 110, MACH 120, MACH 130)
  • CNC Production Technician (required courses – MACH 110, MACH 120, MACH 130, CNCO 140)

Or combine and “stack” your credential in our step-by-step CNC Productions Technician Certification Program. 

All graduates receive their industry recognized NIMS certification and OSHA10 card. Job placement assistance available.

Program Coordinator, Conrad Mercurius: 908-526-1200 x8332 or conrad.mercurius@raritanval.edu

MACH 110
Machining Fundamentals 250 Hours

Machining Fundamentals course is designed to prepare students with the requisite skills needed to succeed in both the Manual Mill Operator and Engine Lathe Operator credentialing program at Raritan Valley Community College. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RV Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

In the lab, students will learn to read and interpret blueprints, to handle precision measurement tools, and receive an OSH-10 card.

The Machining Fundamentals course is a prerequisite for all Advanced Manufacturing programs. 

Cost:  $2,250

MACH 120
Manual Mill Operator 350 Hours

Manual Mill Operator credential program is a NIMS credentialed certificate program. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter careers as Manual Mill Machine Operators. Upon successful course completion, students will receive the NIMS Measurement Material and Safety Certificate. This program is designed to mirror the workplace as closely as possible.  All graduates will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform all tasks and skills at workplace ready levels.  This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RV Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

*One 100-hour practicum is required at the end of the program.

Cost: $ 3,150                                                 

(Prerequisites:  MACH 110)

MACH 130
Engine Lathe Operator 350 Hours

Engine Lathe Operator credential program is a NIMS credentialed certificate program. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter careers as Engine Lathe Machine Operators. Upon successful course completion, students will receive the NIMS Job Planning, Bench-work and Layout credential. This program is designed to mirror the workplace as closely as possible.  All graduates will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform all tasks and skills at workplace ready levels.  This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RV Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

*One 100-hour practicum is required at the end of the program.

Cost: $ 3,150

(Prerequisites:  MACH 110, MACH 120)

CNCO 140
CNC Production Technician 600 Hours

CNC Production Technician credential program is a NIMS credentialed certificate program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the NIMS CNC Turning and CNC Milling credential. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter careers as CNC Machine Operators and Manual Machinists. This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic CNC operator skills and CNC set-up processes. Students gain real-world experience using actual CNC machining centers to perform real production runs and job set-ups. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RV Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

In the lab, students will learn to read blueprints, handle precision measurement tools, receive OSHA-10 card, to operate state-of-the-art CNC machines and to handle inspection equipment. Students will also program, set-up, edit and operate CNC machining center and lathe.

Coursework covers a variety of relevant areas including; blueprint reading, math, safety, machining technology, tooling applications, work holding, offsets, CNC lathe and mill set-up, gauging and inspection.

Cost: $4,250

(Prerequisites:  MACH 110, MACH 120 and MACH 130)

*One 100-hour practicum is required at the end of the program. 

For a printable copy of the stackable credentials, click here

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

 

  • Complete the steps on the checklist.
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Be able to stand for extended periods of time working with your arms over your head.
  • Be able to work in a non-environmentally-controlled (hot and cold) climate.
  • Demonstrate readiness to complete payments on time.
  • Minimum score of Math 020 and English 060 on the Accuplacer test.

Students in need of accommodations are encouraged to do so in advance.  Please contact the Office of Disability Services at (908) 526-1200 x8418 or x8921 to discuss any accommodation needs.

Advanced Manufacturing Program Application Checklist

Check each item below as you complete requirement(s). 

  • Complete an Application for Admission. There is a $25 application fee payable by credit card. If you have completed an application in the past 3 years, you will not need to pay this fee, however you must change your program selection to Advanced Manufacturing.

  • Attend an Advanced Manufacturing Information Session. The session will explain in detail about the program and give you a chance to ask questions. Dates, times and locations can be found at Open Houses & Info Sessions.

  • Financial Assistance. If you seek outside financial assistance you must complete your private loan applications with your bank or lending institutions as soon as possible. You MUST coordinate your payments with the finance office for any payment plans. The Advanced Manufacturing program is currently NOT ELIGIBLE for federal or state financial aid.

  • Submit official final high school transcript after graduation which indicates date of graduation and has the official high school seal in an unopened envelope or a GED Score Report or diploma to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ  08876-1265.

  • Submit previous college official transcript(s) if any, to the Office of Enrollment Services, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.
     
  • Submit immunization record (full-time students only). Submit to the Admissions Office that you’ve had two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and three doses of Hepatitis B vaccinations in accordance with State of New Jersey immunization requirements.
     
  • Register for Course and Obtain Orientation Information.  Prior to the start of the program, you will need to pick up your uniform, register for courses, and visit the bookstore for your books/access pack.  Please make sure you check your college email address for detailed correspondence after you complete your application.
     
  • Complete placement testing at the RV Testing Center (L029), located to the left of the main reception desk on the main campus.  You will need a photo ID and our student ID (G#).  You will be given Math and English placement tests (Accuplacer).  Allow approximately 2 hours for the testing.  We recommend that you prepare ahead of time by studying for the Math and English – for test prep go to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.

    **College transcripts or SAT scores may exempt you from the Math and English parts of the testing.  Please contact Elizabeth Coccia, Workforce Outreach Manager at 908-526-1200 x8529 or elizabeth.coccia@raritanval.edu for more information.

    This program is currently NOT ELIGIBLE for financial aid.