Advanced Manufacturing Center

Advanced Manufacturing Center

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Jobs in machining, welding, computer-aided drafting and design are in demand!

The average starting income is between $22 per hour. For those students who excel and apply themselves, they can make upwards of $25-$40 per hour.

Learn about these programs and how to get started in a degree or certificate program today:

CCD Welding student
33,280-square-foot facility
Get Started with a Career in Manufacturing

The CCD Advanced Manufacturing Center is a state-of-the-art 33,280-square-foot facility offering degree and certificate programs in machining and welding.

CCD AMC also offers continuing education courses for CNC machinists, five-axis, and wire EDM training allowing for workforce advancement. The campus is located only four miles from the main Auraria campus.

3.5 million manufacturing jobs
Our nation’s prosperity depends on a strong manufacturing industry

Manufacturing is an industry that fosters creativity and innovation while using the latest technology to make products for a wide array of needs — from everyday use to sending people into outer space. Our nation’s prosperity depends on a strong manufacturing industry.

Skills Shortage

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. This is due primarily to the retirement of baby boomers and economic expansion.* 

CCD's Helping to Strengthen Colorado's Workforce

CCD’s manufacturing programs offer the ability to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in fabrication welding or machining. The college also offers a variety of basic and advanced certificate programs that are stackable—meaning students can earn a certificate and start working right away while continuing towards more advanced certificates or associate degrees in their field.

Our programs provide training opportunities in welding and machining starting with foundational courses and progressing to advanced manufacturing techniques. General education guaranteed transfer credits earned at CCD can be applied towards a bachelor’s degree at any public four-year college or university in Colorado. Often, our students are eligible for internships or apprenticeships while still in school thus increasing their earning potential.


CCD Manufacturing student and professor
Customized training available
The Advanced Manufacturing Center offers non-credit workforce training

Our machining training includes HEIDENHAIN CNC Programming, Mastercam, True Position in GD&T and Wire EDM. Welding training is available in the four most used welding processes, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW and SMAW and for the 3 most used cutting processes, CAC-A, OFC and PAC.

Training ranges from introducing newcomers to welding and cutting in Explore Welding, to skills needed for personal projects/art projects to Welder Performance Qualification Test preparation/training under the instruction of an AWS certified welders and/or an AWS Certified Welding Inspector. Custom training can also be developed to Train the Trainer or develop internal qualification procedures.

Customized training can be delivered at the Advanced Manufacturing Center, or at the company’s facility. Workshops are developed and added on demand. Contact Kevin Dowell for currently scheduled workshops or to create one.

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Meet the Team
Kevin A. Dowell
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Center (interim)
Alexander S. Hardie
Director, Machining Technologies
Antonio Souza
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Center
Gilbert Rodarte
Gilbert Rodarte