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River Valley Community College

RVCC in Claremont, N.H., offers a comprehensive certificate program in Advanced Machine Tool Technology. This training will provide students will the specialized skills and in depth knowledge necessary to enter the machine tool trade.

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A small academic environment that allows for individualized attention is why River Valley stands out from the rest. Committed community partners, and a supportive faculty will guide you through the process of advancing your education. Our career oriented programs will provide you with a highly specialized skill set, allowing you to confidently enter the job market. You will leave River Valley Community College primed and ready for success.

Machine Tool Trade

A machine tool is a machine used for shaping ridged materials through cutting, boring, or another form of deformation. Machine tools have mechanisms for holding a workpiece, and a cutting tool which follows a controlled toolpath. The precise definition varies, but it is safe to say that machine tools are “machines that help people make things.”

Advanced Machine Tool Education

The Advanced Machine Tool Technology program will train you for skilled operation of CNC machine tools, programming of process control, and production of tools, dies, and molds. Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process, including the ability to read and write CNC programs, and perform operations that meet specific tolerance requirements. This certificate program can be used as a means to receiving a supervisory role promotion for students with previous work experience.

Upon completing the Advanced Machine Tool Technology certificate, students are encouraged to continue their studies by pursing an Associate Degree in General Education with an Advanced Machine Tool Technology concentration. Students may also take courses for a degree in programs including, but not limited to, physical science, business, and technology.

  • Machinists
  • Computer-controlled machine tool operators
  • Numerical tool and process control programmers
  • Tool and die makers
  • Mold makers

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River Valley Community College offers the following programs: 

Designed to offer students comprehensive technical training that provides an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the machine tool trade. This innovative, state of the art course of study leverages community resources in an effort to build and sustain a well-trained/well-educated workforce that will meet the machine tool industry needs of today and in the future. Successful students can demonstrate knowledge of manufacturing process, machine selection, fixture work holding needs and basic cutting tools, with proper use and application to produce a product to customer requirements; read technical drawings; define terms specific to blueprints; interpret and apply dimensions and tolerances as defined in the "ASME Y14.5-2009" standard; interpret thread series and notations, surface finish marks, revision blocks, title blocks, line types/weights and notes; perform operations within the high precision tolerances requirements of the industry; write programs for basic parts using G & M Code programming language; and more.

  • NIMS CNC Machinist

Industry certificate: The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce.  NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. 

River Valley Community College Admissions

Julia Dower
1 College Place
Claremont, NH 03743
P: (603) 542-7744 or 800-837-0658 NH & VT
F: (603) 543-1844
School code: 007560

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WorkReadyNH helps NH job seekers and career builders get the professional and technical skills identified by companies as essential to workplace success. With national and college credentials in hand, successful participants will be immediately identifiable as “work ready.”

Four of the eight WorkReadyNH centers are funded by the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT-NH grant, which is used to better prepare adults for high-wage, high-skill employment in the advanced manufacturing industry.

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“At RVCC, I enjoyed the small class size and all the hands-on learning. With only a GED, I fought for years for a good job. RVCC gave me a much-needed first step to change the direction of my life. In only two years, I went from never having stepped foot in a machine shop to running multiple machines in an advanced field, all due to the training and support of RVCC and Knappe & Koester.”

Chris Ziarnowski
2012 CCSNH Graduate, Knappe & Koester Employee

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Each year our top 60 candidates for the program are selected after completing our annual "Career Simulation" day.