Featured photo: Computer integrated machining instructor Jason Rogers (left) teaches a Blue Ridge student how to operate machinery. (Photo by Rich Keen, Marketing and Communications Dept.)
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Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) is a lucrative industry with abundant job opportunities locally and nationwide.
CIM instructor Jason Rogers spent 20 years working in the tool and die industry before joining Blue Ridge Community College to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of workers.
Rogers described computer integrated machining and all its related components as a modern Advanced Manufacturing field focused on the production of metal parts.
“What drew me to this trade was making things. That’s really it in a nutshell, you’re learning how to make things out of metal,” Rogers said. “You’re using various types of equipment and machinery to do that. So, if you enjoy making things, this field could be for you.”
Many people don’t realize how many products they use every day were created with computer integrated machining.
“A lot of products from everyday life, a machinist has had their hands in it. Everything from cars and appliances to medical devices, electrical components and even military equipment,” said Rogers.
In recent years, demand for skilled workers in fields like CIM is increasing as more people retire. This opens the door to many job opportunities for people who are trained in advanced manufacturing and CIM. These high demand fields can provide challenging and rewarding careers for people who enjoy technology and hands-on work.
Opportunities to prepare for fields like CIM are readily available at Blue Ridge Community College with multiple options for degrees, diplomas, certifications, apprenticeships and a Career & College Promise pathway for high school students to earn tuition-free credit. Learn more about CIM on the Blue Ridge website.