RRC Polytech partners with Haas to offer free CNC machinist training

March 3, 2022

RRC Polytech has partnered with Haas, one of the world’s largest machine tool builders, to offer free online training for anyone looking to take their first step toward a career in Manitoba’s booming manufacturing industry.

Online registration is now open for courses in milling and lathing operations. Part of the Haas CNC Certification program, each course covers basic machine operations, safety, machining processes and everything else you need to start a career as a CNC (computer nuermical control) operator. Those working in the field use computer codes and machine tools such as a mill or lathe to shape stock materials into custom-designed parts.

Both pre-recorded courses require no previous knowledge. They can be completed at your own pace; each takes approximately 30 to 40 hours. After completing a course, you can register for an in-person certification test with a local Haas dealer for a nominal fee.

RRC Polytech has made its own machine shops and Haas machines available to boost much-needed testing capacity. The College’s equipment and facilities will give aspiring machine operators a first-hand glimpse of what a shop can look and feel like — and a chance to prove their knowledge by milling or lathing a part.

Earning the certificate opens the door to entry-level manufacturing roles in industries hungry for trained workers, says Jessica Burzminski, a trades instructor at RRC Polytech.

“There’s a huge variety of roles these positions can lead to in sectors as diverse as aerospace and transportation manufacturing and medical research,” she says.

Both courses have already been incorporated into RRC Polytech’s year-long CNC Machinist Technician program, which can lead to a two-year diploma in CNC Machining and Advanced Technology.

“So much of the manufacturing industry runs on Haas,” says Burzminski. “Training students on the machines they’ll be using in their careers prepares them to succeed and ensures our province’s manufacturing employers are hiring grads who are ready to roll on their first day.”

RRC Polytech and Haas have a long and mutually supportive relationship. Haas has made its machines and tools accessible to the College at a substantial discount, while The Gene Haas Foundation has bolstered student success through annual bursaries and awards.

“I believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote the education of trades and technology,” says Paul Krainer, president of Winnipeg’s Haas Factory Outlet, a divison of Thomas Skinner and Son Limited. “Both Haas Automation and Thomas Skinner take that commitment very seriously.”

Students currently enrolled in the course will take their first in-person certification tests on March 9.

“We’re grateful for what Haas has helped us build together,” says Burzminski. “It’s about creating opportunities for our advanced manufacturing industries and our students to thrive, adapt and grow.”

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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