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Training Courses

Hands on Training with Industry Professionals

Symbol students are trained by industry professionals with decades of  experience. Students learn to apply their hands-on practical skills in our state-of-the-art machine shop. Our instructors share their knowledge of the field and relate the concepts from class to the real life work environment.

Get Hands-On Experience with the Best CNC Instructors

Course Offerings

New classes begin the 3rd week of every month. Contact us for specific dates and times.

Type of Instruction: Lecture/Shop - 16 weeks, 96 hours

This hands-on course provides training in programming, setup and operation of computerized numerical controlled machines. Instruction will be given for both CNC mill (vertical machining center) and CNC lathe (turning center).

Students will be able to:

  • Setup, operate and troubleshoot various production problems on CNC machines.
  • Explain functions of the machine tool and its position movements.
  • Conduct tool change activities and operational sequences.
  • Write specific programs for CNC machines.
  • Calculate speeds and feeds for the machining process.
  • Verify and edit a CNC program on an actual machine tool.
  • Manufacture parts per print in a machine shop environment.

Job title(s): CNC machine set-up and operator, CNC machine programmer.

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Type of Instruction: Lecture/Shop - 10 weeks, 60 hours

This hands-on course provides training in advanced setup and programming of the CNC Turning Center and the CNC Machining Center. Students will program and perform setups on production CNC machines to manufacture parts specifically designed for this course. The students will assemble these parts into a model that they will keep.

CNC 204 will concentrate heavily on reducing the setup and cycle time while using advance setup and programming techniques on CNC machines. A strong emphasis will be placed on mathematical calculations and their applications in a machine shop environment.

Prerequisite: Applicants should have one half to one year experience working on CNC machines, and a reasonable understanding of basic G-code manual programming. Students with a CNC 203 certificate fulfill the prerequisite to enroll in this course.

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Type of Instruction: Lecture/Shop - 16 weeks, 192 hours

This course combines our CNC 203 and our QC 101 course.  Students will learn to program, setup and operate CNC lathe and CNC milling machines along side instructions in Quality Control.

Quality Control (QC) is a vital part of every manufacturer's operations.  Without measurable processes to ensure a customer's needs are met, most companies would face difficulty maintaining and improving the quality of their products and services.  However, many employers often have to provide on-the-job QC training because far too few educational programs offer disciplines that specifically address this deficiency.  Fortunately, Symbol Training Institute recognizes the importance of this need to area manufacturers and is dedicated to the development of students pursuing the field.

Symbol's Quality Control for Manufacturing course is designed to prepare students with a fundamental understanding of QC processes and applications.  Whether there has been no previous QC training or just a desire to further current Quality-related skills, this hands-on course strives to provide students of varying backgrounds and skill levels with a basic knowledge of widely-used inspection techniques.  With a strong emphasis on student participation, the course focuses heavily on developing marketable skills that can be used right away in the work place with little or no additional training from employers.

Job Titles: CNC Operator, CNC Setup, QC Inspector, QC Technician, QC Specialist, or other manufacturing positions that require in-process inspection or print reading skills.

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Type of Instruction: Shop - 16 weeks, 176 hours

This course combines our CNC 203 and CNC 304 class.

This hands-on course provides training in programming, setup and operation of computerized numerical controlled machines. Instruction will be given for both CNC mill (vertical machining center) and CNC lathe (turning center).  The Lab part of this course is designed to allow students to familiarize themselves with the environment in a manufacturing shop.

Students will be able to:

  • Setup, operate and troubleshoot various production problems on CNC machines.
  • Explain functions of the machine tool and its position movements.
  • Conduct tool change activities and operational sequences.
  • Write specific programs for CNC machines.
  • Calculate speeds and feeds for the machining process.
  • Verify and edit a CNC program on an actual machine tool.
  • Manufacture parts per print in a machine shop environment.

This hands on course is supplemented by Lab shop training at our school's machine shop.  It provides training and mastering knowledge in CNC manufacturing technology.  This course is intended for individuals who are willing to deepen their knowledge and acquire shop habits on metal cutting CNC machinery: CNC Turning Centers and CNC Machining Centers. These comprehensive studies take place in the classroom and students are instructed at the machines to manufacture parts specifically designed for this hands-on course, under supervision.

Job title(s): CNC machine set-up and operator, CNC machine programmer.

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Type of Instruction: Shop - 10 weeks, 80 hours

CNC 304 provides training and mastering knowledge in CNC manufacturing technology.  The Lab is intended for individuals who are willing to deepen their knowledge and acquire shop habits on metal cutting CNC machinery: CNC Turning Centers and CNC Machining Centers. Students are instructed at the machines to manufacture parts specifically designed for this hands-on course, under supervision.

Students must have knowledge of CNC before taking this course.

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Type of Instruction: Lecture/Lab - 10 weeks, 60 hours

Quality Control (QC) is a vital part of every manufacturer's operations. Without measurable processes to ensure a customer's needs are met, most companies would face difficulty maintaining and improving the quality of their products and services. However, many employers often have to provide on-the-job QC training because far too few educational programs offer disciplines that specifically address this deficiency. Fortunately, Symbol Training Institute recognizes the importance of this need to area manufacturers and is dedicated to the development of students pursuing the field.

Symbol's Quality Control for Manufacturing course is designed to prepare students with a fundamental understanding of QC processes and applications. Whether there has been no previous QC training or just a desire to further current Quality-related skills, this hands-on course strives to provide students of varying backgrounds and skill levels with a basic knowledge of widely-used inspection techniques. With a strong emphasis on student participation, the course focuses heavily on developing marketable skills that can be used right away in the work place with little or no additional training from employers.

Job Titles: QC Inspector, QC Technician, QC Specialist, or other manufacturing positions that require in-process inspection or print reading skills.

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Type of Instruction: Lecture/Lab - 10 weeks, 60 hours

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: The Applied Quality Control for Manufacturing QC-201 program is designed to prepare students for the Quality Control job market with a fundamental understanding of engineering print reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) applications, and manufactured part measurement utilizing advanced metrology equipment and methods. With this course, students have an opportunity to pursue an interest in obtaining in-depth and hands-on training for careers in the Quality Control profession. The course focuses heavily on developing marketable skills that can be used right away in the work place with little or no additional training from employers.

PREREQUISITE COURSES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: All of Symbol’s programs are designed both for first-job seekers who have little or no previous manufacturing experience and also for individuals who are looking to advance in CNC technology. Applicants, at a minimum, should have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as basic writing and conversational skills in the English language, and 8th grade math competency level or equivalent.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to: comprehend quality philosophies, principles, methods, and standards; understand and work with inspection plans and process instructions; perform quality laboratory procedures, inspect parts, and record data; measure process performance and prepare formal reports; apply knowledge of QC concepts and techniques to quality planning processes.

JOB TITLES: QC Inspector, QC Technician, QC Specialist, Quality Engineer, or other manufacturing positions that require advanced inspection, print reading, and/or GD&T skillsets.

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Type of Instruction: Lecture/Lab - 16 weeks, 150 hours

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: Applied Quality Control for Manufacturing QC-302 program is designed to prepare students for the Quality Control job market with a fundamental understanding of engineering print reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) applications, and manufactured part measurement utilizing advanced metrology equipment and methods. With this course, students have an opportunity to pursue an interest in obtaining in-depth and hands-on training for careers in the Quality Control profession. The course focuses heavily on developing marketable skills that can be used right away in the work place with little or no additional training from employers.

PREREQUISITE COURSES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: All of Symbol’s programs are designed both for first-job seekers who have little or no previous manufacturing experience and also for individuals who are looking to advance in CNC technology. Applicants, at a minimum, should have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as basic writing and conversational skills in the English language, and 8th grade math competency level or equivalent.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to: comprehend quality philosophies, principles, methods, and standards; understand and work with inspection plans and process instructions; perform quality laboratory procedures, inspect parts, and record data; measure process performance and prepare formal reports; and apply knowledge of QC concepts and techniques to quality planning processes

JOB TITLES: QC Inspector, QC Technician, QC Specialist, Quality Engineer, or other manufacturing positions that require advanced inspection, print reading, and/or GD&T skillsets.

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