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CNC Machinist

The CNC Machinist Immersion Program is designed to simulate a real shop environment for students ages 18 and older who will learn all aspects of a machine shop. The program is available in both day and evening courses and can be completed in as little as 6 months to 1 year. The program includes instruction on layout and benchwork, manual milling and CNC skills for mills and lathes. Students will get hands-on experience in our state of the art machine shop lab and CNC simulator lab. Following the requirements set by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills certification program, students are taught the skills needed to pass the NIMS Machining Level 1 certification. Small class sizes ensure the best possible learning environment for metalworking students. According to Workforce Solutions, the number of jobs for CNC machinists in the Gulf Coast area will grow by 22 percent by 2018. The median salary for workers in this field is approximately $17 an hour.

Commercial Truck Driving

Trucking companies across the country are trying desperately to fill the increasing demand for trained truck drivers and new graduates are finding themselves more valued than ever in this competitive job market. In the ACC Commercial Driving Licensing Program, students are prepared for entry-level employment in the trucking industry.  The 160-hour CDL program provides classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving experience. Classes are offered during the day and evening. Students can complete the CDL “Class A” training in 4 weeks. The vehicles used in the ACC CDL training program are comparable to those used in the trucking industry. ACC also offers a CDL refresher course. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, opportunities for commercial truck drivers are expected to grow 21% over the next few years, which makes this a great time to embark on a rewarding, secure career in the trucking industry.


This program introduces the basics in beginners’ pipefitting.  Students will receive a 160-hour certificate upon successful completion of the following courses:  Pipefitter Layout and Welding Fundamentals.

Pipefitter Layout: This is the first class of a 5 week pipefitting program which covers pipe fitting and pressure vessel fabrication.  Also included is the study and interpretation of orthographic and isometric flow and spool sheets. Students must attend this course along with Welding Fundamentals.

Welding Fundamentals: This second class of a 5 week pipefitting program is an introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding, including welding and cutting safety; basic oxy-fuel welding and cuttin;, basic arc welding processes and basic metallurgy.

Positions in pipefitting are expected to grow by 21 percent over the next eight years according to the U.S. Labor Department. The average salary is approximately $49,000.


From basic torch cutting to shielded metal arc welding and TIG welding techniques, the ACC Welding program offers a variety of courses designed to help start or continue a career in welding. The 420-hour program adheres to the quality standards set forth by the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Welding courses combine classroom studies with extensive hands-on training in the welding lab at the ACC Main Campus. Classes have a maximum students to instructor ratio of 10 to 1 to ensure the best possible learning environment. Once they finish the program students can find positions in petrochemical refineries, construction companies, fabrication shops and ship yards. The average hourly wage in the Houston region for a welder is $19 an hour and hiring is expected to grow in the next 10 years by 15 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

The ACC Welding Program staff and instructors maintain relationships with business and industry leaders that help to keep students informed about the latest job opportunities available in the Houston area. A job placement counselor is available to assist graduates seeking employment and students are encouraged to join a registry of program graduates that is updated when new job opportunities arise. Courses are approved by the Veterans Administration.

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