Machinist General

Certificate
Machinist working on equipment

About this program

Machines on the shop floor must be in top working order 24/7. A talented machinist can make that happen. With the right training, that can be you! At Penn College, you’ll take on advanced coursework to prepare you for a career as a machinist, for a position as a skilled mechanic, or to open your own shop. Class time covers theory and analysis while lab hours are spent learning the tools of the trade and perfecting practical machining skills. Tomorrow needs hands-on skills. The future needs you. Are you in?

100%

Placement Rate

50%

Hired Within One Month of Graduation

Extensive Hands-On Experience

Careers

  • Machinist
  • Machine repair technician 
  • Toolroom mechanic  
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Mill Applications (MTT118)
  • Lathe Applications (MTT119)
  • Basic Machine Tool Programming (CIM101)
  • Machine Tool Applications (MTT212)
  • Metrology/Quality Control (MTT127)
  • CNC Programming and Machining (CIM123)
  • Fixture Design and Fabrication (MTT222)
  • Electrical Discharge Machining (CIM205)
  • CAD/CAM (CIM220)
  • Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment (MTT216)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH125)
  • Communications (ENL010)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
Facilities

Machine Shop

Get hands-on experience in advanced labs using industry-standard equipment just like you’ll see in the real world.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Lycoming Engines
Southwestern Logo
Gene Haas Logo
SECO Tools
Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Student-designed transmission passes test for Baja SAE team

Featuring a new, student-designed continuously variable transmission, the college’s single-seat, off-road vehicle finished eighth out of 96 cars in the endurance race at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Baja SAE

Join other students, across various majors, and apply your skills to design a vehicle to compete in regular Baja SAE competitions.

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Tools

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

Uniform

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 .

  • Mr. Keith Blair, '86, Manufacturing Engineer, L-3 Communications
  • Mr. Walter Boguslaw, Manufacturing Engineer, Harold Beck & Sons
  • Mr. Michael Brown, '89, '96, Manufacturing Engineer, Keystone Friction Hinge
  • Mr. Michael A Fitzgerald, President/CEO, Acero Precision & Altus Spine
  • Mr. Kenneth F Healy, '90, '01, Executive Vice President & Director of Engineering, PMF Industries Inc.
  • Mr. Zach Mazur, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Busch Manufacturing
  • Mr. Glenn Poirier, VP Sales & Marketing, MetalKraft Industries
  • Mr. Gregg Shimp, VP, Integrated Operations, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Chris Washinger, Sales and Applications Engineer, Iscar Metals Inc.
  • Mr. Adam J White, Senior Applications Engineer, Hardinge Inc.
  • Mr. Alex Witter, Director of Engineering, Keystone Friction Hinge
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu