CNC Machining

What is the John Deere CNC Machining Program?

The CNC Machining Program offers advanced manufacturing training for individuals interested in careers with John Deere. Those completing the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in CNC Machine Technology from Hawkeye Community College. The program will be completed in just over a year and will include a six-week paid internship at the John Deere factory operations. Participants must meet all Hawkeye entrance requirements and must be successful in the John Deere selection and assessment process before they are accepted into the program.

What is CNC Machining?

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining uses computers in the operation of machine tools such as lathes, mills, and grinders. At John Deere, CNC Machinists work in teams on a variety of challenging manufacturing assignments. The continuous improvement pay plan provides financial rewards for teams that use their knowledge and skills to improve productivity.

What's in it for me?

  • Great career opportunity with a Fortune 500 Company in the Cedar Valley.
  • Preferential hiring for employment offering great wages and benefits.
  • Quality education from Hawkeye Community College.
  • Fast Track training program that allows you to get out of the classroom and into the workplace.
  • Degree that can transfer to four-year colleges in Iowa for those choosing to continue their education.
  • Training for a high-demand profession.
  • Access to a forgivable revolving loan fund to make education affordable.
  • Opportunity to learn and work in state-of the-art facilities.

What happens at the end of the program?

Individuals completing the program will gain preferential hiring for full-time employment as positions are available at John Deere.

What if I can’t afford school right now?

John Deere, through the Hawkeye Community College Foundation, will offer forgivable loans to be used for Hawkeye's tuition and fees. Participants may apply for a loan from the Foundation for amounts up to two-thirds of the program cost. After the participants complete the program and begin their career with John Deere, the loan balance will be forgiven after three years of employment.

What qualifications do I need to be a candidate?

Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, be interested in manufacturing, and be able to attend school full-time. Course work or experience with mathematics, industrial arts, electronics, blueprint reading, and computers is helpful. Strong communications and teamwork skills are also necessary.

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