Rock Valley College
Our TechWorks lab is located at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education at 4151 Samuelson Road.

TechWorks is an employer-driven training organization that develops and delivers a customized curriculum to prepare you for a career in advanced manufacturing in just six to eight weeks.

Whether you are new to the manufacturing field or continued education is your goal, our small classroom size and hands-on training allows us to graduate highly employable individuals into our regional workforce. Currently, two credentials are offered:

  • Measurement Materials & Safety
  • CNC Lathe or Mill Operator Level One

In our TechWorks program you will learn the skills necessary to enter the manufacturing environment at an entry level position with a solid foundation of shop math, blueprint interpretation, metrology and CNC setup/operation skills.

You may be a good fit for TechWorks if you:

  • have a desire to work in the advanced manufacturing field.
  • have graduated from high school or completed your GED or college education and are interested in a career in a secure industry.
  • are unemployed, underemployed or you want to make a career change to a secure industry.
  • are interested in the opportunity to potentially program CNC machinery.
  • are interested in continuing your education to advance in the manufacturing environment.
  • seek a challenging and financially rewarding career in the growing manufacturing sector.

Steps to Start the Program

  1. Attend a TechWorks orientation where all of your questions regarding the training and potential careers will be answered. Call  (815) 921-2192 to find out when our next orientation session will take place.
  2. Complete WorkKeys assessments.
  3. Complete and pass drug testing.


The cost of the class is $3,500.

We also offer a payment program or you can contact Rock Valley College's Dislocated Workers Program at (815) 921-2200 for funding of the TechWorks program.

Class Details

  • The first week of class is Job Readiness (30 hours).
  • The CNC portion of class is six weeks (150 hours): Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Our optimal TechWorks class size is eight students.

Fast Fact

  • In 2014, we held 12 classes and graduated 87 students with more than 70% finding employment.