Machinist General

This curriculum offers training on machine tools commonly used in most shops. It emphasizes practical machining skills. Classroom analysis of various jobs and machine operations increases the student's capabilities as a machinist. General mathematics, science, and communications skills are included to prepare students to work with technical advances in the machining industry. National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation enables our certified faculty to offer NIMS certification exams to our students. Students who successfully earn NIMS certification enjoy a competitive edge in the job market.

Program Specs

  • Application/Major Code: MG view in catalog
  • School: Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • Degree Type: Certificate
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Machine Tool Technology classroom
Machine Tool Technology
Machine Tool Technology classroom

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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Program accreditation.

After graduation

Career Opportunites

List of jobs via the College Catalog.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for machinists was $39,570 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,280.The top 10 percent earned more than $60,070.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing100,300$18.85$39,200
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing26,780$19.44$40,430
Employment Services24,850$16.05$33,380
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing21,150$20.77$43,210
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing19,120$22.28$46,340

Statistics reported in May 2013

Gainful Employment Report

Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies


It is suggested that students have at least the recommended tools. This will minimize the time spent waiting in line to obtain or return the basic tools to the room. Instructors will help identify what tools are needed during the first day of class. Free lockers are located in the laboratory area. Students must supply their own locks. Lockers must be cleaned and locks removed at the end of the spring semester or College personnel will remove and discard the items.

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Required Tools


Do not wear loose fitting clothing that may get caught in a machine; short sleeves or tightly rolled up sleeves are recommended. Long hair should be pulled back and securely fastened. Shop aprons should be worn to reduce the wear and tear on clothing. Safety glasses and safety shoes should be worn during time spent in laboratory area.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

SkillsUSA Champions at Work

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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