Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc., a Santee contract manufacturer, said it will collaborate with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the local job training agency, to establish a machinist training program at its site with funding in place for the first 12 students.

Six students will begin training Nov. 10, and the next six will start Feb. 9, 2015, QCMI said.

Creating the training program, which lasts about five months, has been a dream of QCMI’s founder, Bob Grande, who said he’s seen shop machine classes disappear from high school curriculums over the years. Consequently, finding qualified skilled machinists has become more difficult for many manufacturers, he said.

Grande said the industry is facing a machinist shortage. Today’s automated factories all demand workers who can operate, program and maintain computerized equipment.

QCMI said the program is geared to provide people, including veterans, in machining and related lean manufacturing business principles. The company is working with the East County Career Center to find eligible applicants.

The program involves teaching of shop theory, blueprint reading, safety principles, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, and inspection. Graduates of the program will receive a Six Sigma Green Belt and machinist training diploma, which certifies they are qualified to work as a CNC machinist, the company said.

QCMI makes specialized parts for other original equipment manufacturers in the aircraft and gas turbines industries among others.