The U.S. Needs Machinists

Join the next generation of machine tool professionals to revitalize America’s manufacturing sector.



of manufacturers say they have ongoing difficulties in attracting and retaining workers.

Reviving the Market

Machine tools are integral to our industrial economy, to our health and welfare, and to our national defense. They’re responsible for creating aerostructures and automobile engine blocks, the molding tools that shape syringes and contact lenses, the extrusion dies used to produce N95 medical mask filter fibers and more. But a lack of investment in machine tool innovation in the U.S. has left domestic manufacturers turning to more cutting-edge, foreign-built products.

You can help change that.

By pursuing ACE CNC machining training, you’ll join the next wave of innovators making the advancements needed to revive our machine tool market and restore our nation’s manufacturing prominence on the world stage.

There’s no better time to build a career in one of the country’s largest growing sectors.

Common Job Titles

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist
  • CNC Programmer
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Part Designer
  • Metrologist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist
  • Process Planner
  • Robotics Technician
  • Machine Designer
  • Machine Tool Builder
  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Entrepreneur

Top Job Skills

  • Operate cutting or grinding equipment
  • Quality assessment: test materials, solutions, or samples
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for additive manufacturing
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
  • Material selection for application and process
  • Data interpretation
  • Reading/interpreting engineering drawings
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Data measurement and analysis
  • Design for manufacturing (and assembly) (DFM; DFMA)
  • Cost modeling/analysis
  • Metallography
  • Process optimization
  • Written and oral communication

The national ACE testbed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been so successful, that the program is expanding regional machine tools innovation and workforce development hubs across the country.


4 million

Estimates suggest there will be 4 million manufacturing jobs needed by 2030.


The digital skills needed to become a CNC machinist are highly sought after by employers.



In 2022, manufacturing workers in the United States earned $98,846 on average,

including pay and benefits.

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