The Vincennes University Right Skills Now-CNC Machining program is designed to prepare Veterans and civilian adult learners to become well-rounded entry level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is a combination of machining theory and extensive hands-on training. The duration of the training is 15 weeks or approximately 600 hours. College credit is not awarded for this program, rather it is designed as an accelerated program of study around industry recognized NIMS credentials based on skills needed for a career in CNC machining and manufacturing. Depending on the performance of the student in the class, the staff of the VU HTEC will recommend the graduates in one of three entry level categories: 1-CNC Machinist, 2-CNC Setup and Operator, or 3-CNC Operator.

Eligibility: This program is designed for Veteran and Civilian adult learners. Recent high school graduates are first referred to Vincennes University’s two-year Precision Machining Technology program. Entrance requirements include a high school diploma or a GED successful completion of a VU HTEC Mechanical Aptitude test.




  1. To provide high quality training on state-of-the-art equipment to help bridge the Advanced Manufacturing “skills gap”.
  2. To provide well-rounded entry level skilled CNC Machinists to an industry that is in desperate need.
  3. To provide opportunities for students to earn industry recognized *NIMS credentials.
  4. To prepare Veterans and Civilian adult learners for gainful employment as CNC Machinists.
  5. To prepare students for life-long learning in a CNC machining career.

*NIMS is the acronym for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills


Required NIMS Industry Recognized Credentials:

(Earning these credentials IS expected for successful completion of course.)

  1. NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety
  2. NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
  3. NIMS CNC Mill Operator
  4. NIMS CNC Lathe Operator
  5. NIMS Milling: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1
  6. NIMS Turning: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1


The Vincennes University HTEC is approved by the Veterans Administration for training. VU will provide all of the training at the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) CNC Training Center which is located in Lebanon, Indiana at the Gene Haas Training and Education Center. The HTEC lab contains 13 full size Haas CNC machines along with 12 Haas control simulators, and 15 seats of Mastercam CAD/CAM software and miscellaneous manual machines. In addition to the CNC machines and manual machines, the center has a variety of precision measuring tools to train students in the use and care of metrology equipment.

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