TechWorks’ Workforce Training

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FastTrack your way into a new career

A career in advanced manufacturing is within your grasp. In just six to eight weeks, you’ll have the ability to FastTrack your way to an exciting, new career in today’s automated manufacturing world. TechWorks is an employer-driven training organization that takes direction from our 40 member Advisory Board to develop and deliver customized curriculum. TechWorks training meets the needs of our regional manufacturing base and has an impressive track record of connecting employers with National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialed students.

EIGERlab’s 2600 square foot facility in Rockford, Illinois is dedicated to providing workforce training for our region’s employers. Whether you are new to the manufacturing field or continued education is your goal, our small classroom size and hands-on training allows us to graduate highly employable individuals into our regional workforce. Currently, two credentials are offered; our established FastTrack CNC Machine Operator program and our new FastTrack Assembly Works curriculum.

Interested in learning more, continue reading or phone us at 815.316.6354. Attending the TechWorks FastTrack orientation is the first step where all of your questions regarding the training and potential careers will be answered. Steps two and three include WorkKeys assessments and drug testing. These three steps are included in the program fee; no costs for potential students.

After successfully completing these steps, you’ll be qualified to start the next available FastTrack class. Click here to view the TechWorks marketing flyer.

Training Costs

FastTrack CNC Machine Operator program | $2500

FastTrack Assembly Works program | $1900

Who is a good fit for TechWorks’ FastTrack training?

  • Has desire to work in advanced manufacturing field
  • Has graduated from high school, has completed their GED or college education and in interested in a career in a secure industry
  • Is unemployed, underemployed or wants to make a change to secure industry
  • Is interested in the opportunity to potentially program CNC machinery
  • Is interested in continuing their education to advance in the manufacturing environment
  • Seeks a challenging and financially rewarding career in the growing manufacturing sector

TechWorks is proud to partner with the following companies and entities.

  • Doosan Infracore Machine Tools
  • Fastenal
  • DMG Mori Seiki
  • Rock Valley College
  • Sandvik Coromant
  • Winnebago County

Orientation

The next TechWorks FastTrack orientation will be held on Tuesday, December 2 from 8:30 AM to approximately 12 PM.

Training Classes

The next TechWorks FastTrack CNC Machine Operator training class starts on Monday, December 15 at 8 AM.

The next TechWorks FastTrack Assembly training class starts - TBD.

Training/Credentials TechWorks’ CNC Machine Operator training includes:

Skills in the metalworking industry are certified through the earning of National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials. The credentials are awarded on satisfactory completion of both performance tests and related theory exams. TechWorks’ FastTrack training includes the following:

ACT WorkKeys Assessment | Job Readiness | Safety | Shop Math | Blueprint Reading | Metrology | Tooling | CNC Lathe or Mill Operation | CNC Controls | NIMS Credentials: 1) Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Machining | lathe or mill; 2) Measurement, Material and Safety

Training/Credentials TechWorks’ Assembly training includes:

Skills in the metalworking industry are certified through the earning of National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials. The credentials are awarded on satisfactory completion of both performance tests and related theory exams. TechWorks’ FastTrack training includes the following:

ACT WorkKeys Assessments | Job Readiness | Safety | Shop Math | Blueprint Reading | Materials | Use of Tools | Mechanical Assembly Skills | Electrical Assembly Skills | Pneumatic Assembly Skills | NIMS Credential: Measurement, Material and Safety

TechWorks Advisory Board

TechWorks is an employer-driven training organization that takes direction from our 40 member Advisory Board to develop and deliver customized curriculum that meets current workforce requirements. Because we meet regularly, EIGERlab’s TechWorks program has the pulse of the employment conditions in the region, which results in an impressive track record of connecting employers with credentialed students.

What are CNC machines?

Computer Numerically Controlled machines are programmed to perform hundreds of different functions. They drill, cut and shape highly precise items that are used in numerous industries, such as the automotive and aerospace.

For additional TechWorks FastTrack training FAQs, please visit our FAQs page.