I am new to machining and want to learn how to work with CNC mills and CNC lathes to make metal and plastic parts. I am a computer programmer by profession so eventually I want to get into CNC programming and CAD/CAM design. But I think I need to learn about the actual machining first. I live in Northern, NJ and the problem is, I CAN'T find anyplace that teaches machining shop around here. I looking into all the colleges, etc. and everybody just teaches CAD or drafting. One place does CNC programming but you still need a background in machining to do that class. I was looking on the internet and I cam across a site called: Tooling University http://www.toolingu.com/default.aspx
That's about the only thing I can find but I still need hands on training, doing classes online I don't know how I will actually learn to do the real thing.
Let me know what you think about online classes for this and also if you know of any local machine training schools in my area.