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

Machinist General (MG)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This curriculum offers training on machine tools commonly used in most shops. It emphasizes practical machining skills. Classroom analysis of various projects 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.

Career Opportunities

Machinist, machine repair mechanic, setup person for production line work, skilled toolroom mechanic, technical sales, manufacturing supervision, or machine shop ownership.

Recommended High School Subjects

Industrial arts or vocational machining, or metal working courses, introductory blueprint reading, and technical math.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the Machinist General website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this online catalog (see ). They should do so prior to enrollment and in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work habits and be conscious of safety when working with machine tools.
  • demonstrate working knowledge of blueprint reading; work from sketches of parts.
  • develop and use mathematical formulas to compute coordinates and solve gearing and threading problems.
  • apply basic knowledge of physics mechanics to machine tool problems such as power transmission, machining, etc.
  • operate and set up basic machine tools.
  • operate machine tools to produce gears, threads, and gages.
  • setup and operate Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines, and both sinker and wire Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM).
  • operate various types of abrasive cutting machines and practice heat treating (e.g., hardening, annealing, and carburizing) of metals.
  • prepare and revise technical papers used in operating machine tools and machining procedures.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
MTT118Mill Applications 4 
MTT119Lathe Applications 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
Second SemesterCredits
CIM101Basic Machine Tool Programming 3 
MTT212Machine Tool Applications 4 
MTT127Metrology/Quality Control 4 
MTH125Technical Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
Third SemesterCredits
CIM123CNC Programming and Machining 4 
MTT222Fixture Design and Fabrication 4 
ENL010Communications 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CIM205Electrical Discharge Machining 3 
MTT216Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment 4 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 


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