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Computer Numerical Control Training

Machining and machine tools are at the foundation of America’s manufacturing capability and its global competitiveness. America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) is a national initiative to restore the prominence of the U.S. machine tools sector.

Through ACE, participants can receive online instruction and then complete hands-on, in-person training that supports a new career path—or advancement—in the machine tool industry for free. No prior training or experience is required to enroll in the ACE computer numerical control (CNC) machining training program.

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  • ON THE RISE: Machining jobs in the U.S. are in high demand with more needed in the future.
  • EMPLOYABILITY: CNC machining has excellent long-term employment prospects. In 2021, manufacturing workers in the United States earned $95,990 on average, including pay and benefits. 


  • NEW EMPLOYEES: Hire the right person and train the needed skills. Reduce on-the-job training time.
  • EXISTING EMPLOYEES: Up-skill or re-skill employees into higher value-add positions. Machinists can learn how tap tests can increase material removal rates, save time and money and get the most out of CNC machines.

All students who complete the online training will receive a certificate of completion, and a digital copy of the book "Machining Dynamics: Frequency Response to Improved Productivity."

ACE is supported by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program from the Office of Industrial Policy. The DoD is utilizing the scientific expertise of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the workforce development leadership of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and the capabilities and resources of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

Hands-on machining camps — completed in just five days — are offered at these locations:

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station-Bryan-College Station, Texas

University of North Texas College of Engineering-Discovery Park, Denton, Texas

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station is actively pursuing secondary and post-secondary schools and training institutions within Texas to deliver this training program. Some funding is available to help with equipment needs. All curriculum and instructor training will be provided.