Machinist Training Institute evolves to match business needs, employment trends


MTI students use immersive software and CNC machines as they develop the skills that employers expect in today's workplace.

Since opening in 1981, the Machinist Training Institute (MTI) has graduated more than 2,500 advanced manufacturing/precision machining students.

In the 1980s the program contributed to the diversification in the machinist trades. Many early graduates became the first African Americans or female machinists hired into these firms.

Today, as the manufacturing industries in Michigan and the United States evolve, so does the Machinist Training Institute. Focus: HOPE continues to keep pace with employer trends and needs and to make programs more accessible and affordable for students.

MTI is now offering a 12-week course to train people as machine operators and CNC operators. In a short time, students complete the program and be eligible for job placement.

In this new 12-week class, students learn:

  • Manual use of lathes and mills
  • How to read a blueprint
  • Shop theory, math, communications, computers
  • Two types of CNC machining
  • The importance of basic work habits

Focus: HOPE has built relationships with businesses that turn to us for employees. They know that graduates have both strong work skills and excellent work habits. United Machining, A123 Systems, Quanta Staffing are among those businesses that hire Focus: HOPE MTI graduates.

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Paul Patterson
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MTI is located at 1200 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit. Its renovated 59,000-square-foot shop is equipped with close to 100 conventional and computer-controlled machine tools, and three 24-station computer-aided design (CAD) laboratories.

Job outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:

"Job openings for maufacturing will reach over 2.2 million from 2008 to 2018."

Focus: HOPE MTI graduates average starting salaries of:

$11 per hour, or $22,880 annually.

MTI Shop Floor

MTI students learn how to use immersive software and CNC machines to manufacture a part. The program offers a hands-on approach to manufacturing education.