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Machining

Students working and training in a machining laboratory classroom

A machinist uses machine tools to make or modify parts, primarily ones made of metal. As a machinist, you will be in charge of adjusting and calibrating equipment to keep it in good working order. The on-campus machining course will teach you layout, blueprints, jig bore and grinder, precision measuring, CNC, lathes, G codes, tool paths, and precision production, all in our state-of-the-art lab.

Machinists typically work at factories, plants, or on construction sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for machinists is growing faster than average. Most machinists are employed full-time during regular business hours. Beginning machinists can expect to make around $15 per hour, while experienced machinists can make upwards of $20 per hour.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Outlook

The on-campus machining course will teach you layout, blueprints, jig bore and grinder, precision measuring, CNC, lathes, G codes, tool paths, and precision production, all in our state-of-the-art lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this degree take to obtain? add
The Machining Occupational Skills Award can be earned in one semester while the certificate is designed to be completed in one year. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.
Does this program include hands-on training? add
Yes. Our machining lab is located in the Industrial Technology center on the Gainesville campus.
Will this program transfer to a four-year university add

Yes! The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways.

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call 940-668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

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Who may I contact for more information? add

Kenny Smith
Division Chair, Industrial & Energy Technology
Gainesville
CTC 2100 RM 2110
(940) 668-7731 ext. 4426
ksmith@nctc.edu