Producing Skilled Technicians for 21st Century Jobs

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MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K), a PA State Registered Pre-Apprenticeship program, offers entry-level machinist training to qualified applicants at no charge. The program supplies area manufacturers with employees to replace their aging workforce and strengthen Southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy. M2K, a program of New Century Careers, has been made possible through the efforts of area manufacturers, educators, foundations, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the US Department of Community and Economic Development and the US Department of Labor and Industry.

M2K classes are offered at New Century Careers’ training space on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The program provides three levels of training up to 600 hours. These sessions include hands-on experience, as well as special sessions focused on professional development and resume writing.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Submit a completed application packet, including High School Diploma/GED, two (2) reference letters,
    a brief questionnaire, and an application form
  • Demonstrate successful performance on an industry-developed aptitude test

Class Options

Pittsburgh: 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., Monday – Friday
Latrobe: 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Monday – Friday


The Application Process

New Century Careers administers enrollment for both Pittsburgh and Latrobe sites. Interested candidates may view the M2K application by clicking the link below.

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M2K Training

M2K students learn the basics of operating:

Manufacturing Technology Courses
For more information about M2K training programs, call 1-800-822-9337 or contact us.

    • Pedestal Grinders
    • Saws
    • Drill Press
    • Surface Grinders
    • Lathes
    • Vertical Milling Machines
    • CNC Machines

    In addition, students learn blueprint reading, applied math theory, layout and benchwork. Students also attend various soft skill seminars as well as field trips to local Manufacturers.

    Quick Train

    Quick Train is the first 120 hours of M2K. Students learn:

    • Applied Math Theory
    • Precision Measuring
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Layout
    • Benchwork
    • Placement

    M2K’s ultimate goal is to place trained students in full-time positions with Southwestern Pennsylvania companies. Students will work with NCC Staff to prepare a resume and work on interview skills. The student will work closely with our staff to search for a job with one of our manufacturing partners.

    We work closely with each student to find appropriate employment.

    Partner Companies

    Since 1997, more than 160 Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers of all sizes have partnered with New Century Careers to find high-quality employees and improve their skills.

    NCC collaborates with many other agencies and associations to promote opportunities throughout the year that connect senior and middle management as well as frontline leaders with their peers and enable them to gain insights into emerging market and workforce trends.

    Being a partner company means understanding workforce development issues in the region and committing to being a part of the effort to improve the quality of skilled workforce in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Companies that offer employment to New Century Careers graduates pay a small fee only if they hire an M2K trainee. This fee, however, is only a fraction of what the employer would have had to pay for training that individual. When possible, New Century Careers provides incentives that assist employers with on-the-job training subsidies.

    Here are some free online resources to help you study for the M2K aptitude test. Math Study Resources

    The math portion of the test covers the below areas at a high school level. We recommend Khan Academy‘s free resources to study these subjects. Please call us at (412) 258-6624 / (412) 258-6617 if you are interested in math tutoring on Monday afternoons.

    • Fractions & decimals
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry

    Be sure to review multiplication and division word problems and algebraic word problems.

    Mechanical Reasoning Study Resources

    Psychometric Success test
    JobTestPrep test

    Spatial Relations Study Resources

    Spatial Reasoning test
    JobTestPrep test

    Learn more about our course curriculums:


    During the course of the machining training program, students will learn the basics of:


      • Pedestal Grinders
      • Saws
      • Drill Press
      • Surface Grinders
      • Lathe
      • Vertical Milling Machines
      • CNC Machines
      • Blueprint Reading
      • Applied Math Theory
      • Layout
      • Benchwork

      The program consists of both classroom and hands on experience as well as special sessions focused on professional development and resume writing.

      Course Hours: 600, Approximately 22 weeks long.
      We offer day classes in Pittsburgh 9AM-3PM Mon-Fri and evening classes in Latrobe 4PM-9PM Mon-Fri

      For more information about M2K training programs, call 412-258-6620 (option 4).