I stumbled across this site when I searched "CNC Machinist School" via Google. This site is literally the 5th hit on the first page. Massive kudos to the site owner(s) and the community.
Anyway, I'm currently stuck in a cube working for a company who has archaic, and draconian policies for what they think IT should be. Let me tell you... It sucks. They want A done with as little resources possible while adhering to policy B which can't be done unless we throw policy C on it. That would be great if we had the manpower to carry out policy B and the training on the end users' part to carry out policy C. So that policy D doesn't get hammered down on us.
Yeah, it's a mess.
My supervisor, while perusing CNN, came across this article. He thought of me and shared it. I think it'd be a great step forward for me, as I can really use the increase of pay, and I love working with my hands.
Yeah, I'd miss the 40 hours a week of surfing the net -- working. But, the trade off of A) actually working, B) working with my hands, and C) feeling that I'm earning my pay, would be worth it. Call me old school minded (23 years old), living in modern times. Don't get me wrong, I love getting lost in technology, I just don't like making a living off of it.
Problem being, I can't seem to find a decent school in my area (Tucson, AZ, USA), as well as a decent employer.
Pima CC offers a certificate program that takes a little more than 2 years to complete (44 credits in total), which I think is a little more than necessary, in my opinion. Many people are going into this profession with as little as 9 months of schooling.
And, a little about myself;
I'm married to a beautiful wife, and we have a lovely daughter who is very quickly reaching the age of 1 year old.
My wife is enrolled in school full-time and makes what little she can selling items on eBay. I work, essentially, a 12 hour day (I'm including the bus ride to and from work), and can't fit much more time into my day. The wife has the car, which we just bought and are making payments on.
All in a nutshell, I'm looking to actually work for a better pay ($12/hour, currently), while not interrupting my wife's life too much.
I want to get my feet wet right away, then start swimming a slow marathon as I get settled into the profession.
By the way, this thread is what led me to registering, and eventually, making this post.
I sincerely appreciate what anyone can offer, and I will humbly heed every bit of advice, criticism, comment, and/or suggestion.