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Machining Classes Begin Aug. 17


In a hands-on class setting using state-of-the-art equipment, you can train to become a Machinist at Surry Community College.

SCC offers a certificate, a diploma, and a degree in Computer-Integrated Machining. A certificate is also offered in Computer-Integrated Machining – CNC Track. The certificate classes are offered to high school students through the tuition-free Career & College Promise program (CCP). CCP students should complete a certificate over two semesters. Interested high school students should speak to their high school advisors.

Computer-Integrated Machining classes scheduled for the Fall 2023 semester on SCC’s Dobson campus are: Machining Technology I, Intro to CNC, Advanced Machining Calculations, Machining Technology IV, and Advanced CNC Turning. All the classes are scheduled for Aug. 17 through Dec. 18.

“Students should pursue a career in machining because of the large number of positions available and the possibilities of what you can make are endless. Also, the jobs are high paying and offer good benefits,” said Walter Poplin, SCC’s Lead Instructor of Machining.

The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. A machinist's average pay is around $47,730 annually, according to

Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement and high-speed multi-axis machining.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

Contact SCC’s Student & Workforce Services at (336) 386-3264 or to register for classes. You can also research the college’s programs on

If you have questions about the Computer-Integrated program, you may contact Walter Poplin, Lead Instructor – Machining, at (336) 386-3616 or

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