Machine Tool Technology Certificate Industrial & Trade Technology Total Units: 34.5

Term Effective: Spring 2009

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2012

Previous Versions:

Machine Tool Technology - effective Summer 2007
Machine Tool Technology - effective Fall 2005
Machine Tool Technology - effective Fall 1981


The Machine Tool Technology Certificate of Achievement offers both theoretical and hands-on training related to lathes, vertical mills, drill press, hand tools, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) lathes and mills, and Computer Aided Machining (CAM). A student enrolling in the program should have the desire and ability to work with his or her hands, possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude and enjoy working in a shop environment.

Technological advances and continued expansion of the machine tool industry have increased the demands for well trained entry level technicians both locally and state-wide. Individuals with certificate level knowledge of CNC lathes and mills and CAM are especially in demand. . For students interested in an Associate Degree, a Machine Tool major is available.

Individuals who complete the Machine Tool certificate program should be able to find employment as an entry level Machine Tool apprentice, CNC technician, or machine operator. Graduates can find employment in a variety of areas, including machine shops, manufacturing industries, industrial machinery and equipment, measuring and controlling devices, and beverage product manufacturers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe operation of hand tools, power tools and specialized machine shop tools and equipment;
  2. demonstrate the set up and operation of manual lathes and mills;
  3. interpret CNC (Computer Numeric Control) programming language;
  4. accurately analyze and interpret blueprints and create part(s) to specifications;
  5. interpret blueprints and GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) symbols in order to verify dimensions of a machine part; and
  6. describe applications of design, manufacturing, and fabrication applicable to non-ferrous metals.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Machine Tool Technology program are:

  • Complete 34.5 units from
    • Machine Tool Technology Requirements

Machine Tool Technology Requirements - complete 34.50 units
APTECH 45 Basic Drafting Skills1.50
APTECH 46 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
IED 90A Technical Mathematics3.00
IED 90B Technical Mathematics3.00
MACH 51A Beginning Machine Tool Technology2.00
MACH 51B Advanced Machine Tool Technology2.00
MACH 53 Metrology3.00
MACH 61.1 Ferrous Metallurgy3.00
MACH 61.2 Non Ferrous Metallurgy3.00
MACH 80A Introduction to Computer Numeric Control Lathe5.00
MACH 80B Introduction to Computer Numeric Control Mill5.00
WELD 70 Beginning Welding: Fundamentals2.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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