Machinist Technology

Machinist Technology

Program Detail

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Scott D. Shaw

Residential Faculty - Electronics/Electromechanical

480-461-7498

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

You’ve seen it on American Chopper and Monster Garage. Some guy is using that rig to carve out a wicked aluminum wheel he designed in the computer. Well, that guy’s machining, and it might be just the career you’re looking for.

Machining is defined as any operation that changes the shape, surface finish, or mechanical properties of a material by the application of special tools and equipment. Machining is almost always a process where a cutting tool removes material to effect the desired change in the work piece.

The Machine Technology program at MCC provides you with the entry-level skills you need to develop new products with input from engineering sketches and drawings. Our program will give you a broad range of competencies, including machining skills, electro-mechanical assembly, and product test and prove-out knowledge.

The Machine Technology program is based on hands-on experience and training on various machine shop machines and their accessories, combined with a suitable amount of related classroom material. Students who complete the program will have the basic machining skills needed to work well in a product development environment or a custom, low volume production environment.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Airplane Assembler
Millwright
Boilermaker
Machinist
Metal and Plastic Processing Worker
Sheet Metal Worker
Types of Employers
Machine Shops
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturers
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturers
Metal Forging and Stamping Manufacturers
Plastic Product Manufacturing

Experienced machinists who receive on-the-job training or take classes may become CNC programmers. Some machinists are promoted to supervisor or manager jobs while others may open their own shops.

Machinists:

  • Work with lathes, drill presses, milling machines, and more
  • Make precision metal parts
  • May do computer numerically controlled (CNC) programming
  • Are highly skilled production workers
  • Use many types of tools and measuring instruments
  • May use computer-aided design (CAD)

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Machining and Product Development Course List
Certificate of Completion (CCL) CAD/CAM/CNC I Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) CAD/CAM/CNC II Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) CAD/CAM/CNC III Course List
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Machining I Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Machining II Course Sequence

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Machinist Technology program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. You can also contact Academic Advisement for general advising. Both will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.