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?
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Machinist, machine repair mechanic, setup person for production line work, skilled toolroom mechanic, technical sales, manufacturing supervision, or machine shop ownership.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for machinists was $43,630 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $65,360.
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 Manufacturing||99,400||$20.97||$43,620|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||39,160||$22.07||$45,910|
|Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing||27,110||$21.51||$44,750|
|Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only)||22,100||$21.09||$43,860|
|Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing||21,160||$20.55||$42,730|
Statistics reported in May 2018
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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.
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
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Advisory Committee
- 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, Engineering Supervisor, Flowserve Corporation, IPD Chesapeake Operations
- Mr. Thomas Mitchell, General Manager, Hardinge, Inc.
- 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
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.