Teacher Training

Certification/Credentials

Books vs Online

Features of a good course

Why teach Mastercam?

Job availability for CNC Programmers

How much can a CNC Programmer make?


Teacher Training

Specialized training to help you learn how to use and teach Mastercam is the support required for any teacher tasked with teach CNC Programming. Different training options include:

  1. Classroom Training, which may be available from your local Mastercam Reseller. Click here to find out who your Mastercam Reseller
  1. Online Training, which can be more affordable and convenient. There is no need to travel and scheduling online training can be easier to schedule. Online training with camInstructor is as available in the following Online formats:

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Certification/Credentials

NIMS offers standards-based credentials that validate essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Credentials are earned through competency-based assessments: performance and theoretical tests that are administered at the place of training and via the NIMS website, respectively.

Credentials are earned by students, apprentices, trainees, employees, and military personnel nationwide and around the world, providing each with a nationally-recognized competitive edge. 

As of March 1, 2018, over 130,000 credentials have been issued.

For more information on the Mastercam Certification and Credentials proceed to the following link:

Check out the different Certification options for Mastercam.

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Books vs Online

When deciding to use books or online content with your class, consider the following;

Cost: Books can cost more than online content. For example, a typical Mastercam Training Guide can cost $85.00. Adding shipping and bookstore markup the cost to the student can be well over $100.00. Online content that covers the same material will typically cost $75.00 plus bookstore markup.

Convenience: In today’s climate online content can be more convenient than books (especially if the content can be printed and saved). As long as the content can be viewed on phone, tablets and computers it makes it extremely convenient to have the information with you at all times. No more carrying around books.

Your audience: Younger students tend to prefer online over books due to convenience, cost and familiarity. Ask a typical student under the age of 40 and they will most likely tell you they would prefer to read their phones, tablets, laptops than a book. However older students still tend to like books as that is what they grew up reading. Check out a sample online lesson and see for yourself how online can serve audiences of all ages. 

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If you decide to look into online content make sure to ask the following questions;

  1. Can the content be printed for those students who prefer to have a hard copy of the instructions.
  2. How long will the students have access to the material? The minimum amount of time students have access to the online content should be a year.

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Features of a good coursestep-by-stepstep-by-step

All good courses use the following strategies so students will have the best opportunity to learn the theory and skills required to meet the demands of the working world;

Theory-reading, watching and listening to required information. This can include easy to follow step by step instructions in the form of written supported by video content.

Practical hands-on projects and exercises. Providing lessons that are realistic motivates learning. When teaching future CNC Programmers how to use Mastercam feedback from teachers state that interesting projects (lessons) facilitate learning.  "Students are learning Mastercam at a pace that even surprises the teacher".

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Feedback –Quizzes and Tests should be included in the content in order to provide instant verify imagefeedback to students once they have learned the material. It is preferable that some of the quizzes and tests are automatically marked by the system being used so students can get instant feedback on their work.

It is also recommended that practical tests which include creating parts are included in the learning material, in which case the instructor marks these tests. The ultimate test to know if learning has taken place in a CNC Programming Course and when learning Mastercam is that the student can draw, toolpath and create the NC code that will run CNC Machine and make an accurate part with the time and tolerance outlined by the Test.

To learn how camInstructor provides these requirements, check out the academic course page.

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Why teach Mastercam?

Chances increase when you're students know how to use the most popular Software in your industry.

Experts agree that knowing how to use the most popular software product in your industry is the smart approach to finding employment.

When learning how to program CNC Machines, it's important to learn the most popular CAD/CAM software, which according to CIMdata is Mastercam.

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Job availability for CNC Programmers

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