Machining Technology Program

Darrell Smith
Division Chair - Industrial and Engineering Technology
(940) 668-7731, ext. 4426

The Machining Technology program is designed to prepare students for a career as a machinist. Machinists typically work in manufacturing, construction or specialized shops.  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 earn upwards of $20 per hour.

The curriculum includes hands-on training that teaches the student layout, blueprints, bore and grinder techniques, precision measuring, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining, lathes, G-Codes, tool paths, and precision production. Curriculum also includes introduction to manual lathes and mills with practice on how to convert the manual information to G-Code.  Once converted to G-Code, the information can be used for mass production with a CNC.  This is a typical example of the workflow being used throughout the manufacturing industry by a machinist.

Students who complete the Machining Technology program at NCTC are prepared to start an exciting career that is continuing to grow.

Students may pursue: