Advanced Manufacturing Training 

Bethel New Life Advanced Manufacturing Training is a free program with job placement support to help you get training in high demand careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.


Attend an upcoming information session

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 am – 11:45 am | RSVP 
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | RSVP 
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:00 am – 11:45 am | RSVP 

Register for an upcoming session or schedule an intake appointment contact us at or call 773-473-7878


Bethel’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program meets 3 days a week for four hours per session over approximately 20 weeks. AMTP is for adults that are unemployed or currently working in low-income jobs that are interested in starting a career in manufacturing.

• Learn blueprint reading, how to operate CNC machines and manufacture small parts

• Earn 3 Level 1 CNC certifications in mill and lathe programming setup and operations; Measurement and Materials; and Safety Certification

• Receive one-on-one job placement support through our network of manufacturing industry employer partners

• Get personal financial literacy coaching and technology training


Phase I: AMTP begins with an introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. Participants learn the fundamentals of CNC machines, blueprint reading, and 3D Milling. Having an understanding of the common units of measurement and the ability to convert units of measurement from one to another, are essential skills in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. CNC Operators program numerical data into a computer operated CNC Lathe.

Phase II: Participants begin to learn the principles and application of technology in advanced manufacturing. Participants walk through the theory and hands-on training in the set-up, operation, and programming of a CNC mill and CNC lathe. Emphasis is placed upon developing safe work habits to operate CNC machines. After successful completion of this phase, participants will be able to demonstrate skills in programming, set-up, and operation, and manufacture small parts using a CNC lathe and mill.

Phase III: Participants will be introduced to 3D Printing for Manufacturing. Participants will learn about additive manufacturing, fundamentals of additive manufacturing materials and how to design and build 3D-printed metal parts.


To be considered for enrollment in the Advanced Manufacturing program there is an application, assessment, and orientation that must be completed. Final eligibility for enrollment will be determined upon full completion of the assessment. Prior manufacturing industry experience is NOT required. Chicago Westside residents are strongly encouraged to enroll.  Eligible candidates must be:

• Ready to commit to 16 to 20 weeks of training

• 18 years or older and able to pass a drug screening

• Able to pass basic reading and math TABE test

• Prepared to complete pre-enrollment orientation

To begin the enrollment process, contact or call  773-473-7878.


Classes meet three times a week for 4 hours per session. Classes are held in Chicago facilitated by the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA). There will be independent assignments given throughout the AMT program. Assignments are expected to be completed by scheduled due dates. Participants will be issued program supplies and educational enhancement items including, but not limited to CNC Programming Handbook and Tool Kit.

In addition to learning the principles and application of technology in advanced manufacturing participants should expect:

Career Elevation Training & Support. Designed to prepare participants for optimal success in the workplace, Bethel’s signature career elevation training includes 20 sessions to help participants gain and reinforce key skills to succeed in high demand careers in the manufacturing industry. Participants will get an in-depth look at careers in the Advanced Manufacturing industry learning strategies, techniques to successfully navigate careers pathways in the manufacturing industry, career opportunity showcases, and post training career matching.

Access to 24-hour Virtual Learning HUB. Exclusive for individuals enrolled in Bethel career elevation programs, gain 24-hour access to our virtual learning HUB for training on a variety of topics including social media job searches and networking strategies, making job transitions and more. New trainings are added every month. Easily accessed from mobile devices.  No special apps or software required.

Alumni Network. Lifetime access to job placement resources and support through Bethel New Life Inc. partners and manufacturing industry employer connections.


To enroll in the next cohort or learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Training program attend an upcoming information session.

3 Ways to Get Started Now:

  1. Attend an upcoming information session:  Call 773-473-7878 for schedule and to register.
  2. Begin the application process: Click here to start the application now
  3. Email us at to schedule an appointment to learn more our program.

To schedule an appointment contact us at or call 773-473-7878.