Mr. Jonathan Minyard, Chairperson
Associate in Applied Science (4-5 semesters)
Certificate (4 semesters)
Short-Term Certificate (2-3 semesters)
At a Glance
Our program instructs students in the process of manufacturing metal parts. This is accomplished by using machine tools to remove excess material like a woodworker cuts away excess wood to produce his work. In addition to metal, the parts may be made of many other kinds of materials. The goal of these cutting operations is to produce a part that conforms to a set of specifications usually in the form of engineering drawings commonly known as blueprints.
This program offers a Certificate, Short-Term Certificates, Tool & Die, and an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). The machining/computer numerical control program prepares students to enter the skilled manufacturing workforce as highly trained employees. The tool and die students learn to shape, form or cut metal work pieces into blueprint specific tools for industry using high-tech machines and modern software.
Students must have a high school diploma or GED and meet the general admission requirements of WSCC. Students must have a Certificate or Degree in MTT or permission of a departmental instructor before enrolling in the CNC Short-Term Certificate or the Tool and Die Short-Term Certificate or Injection Molding.
Students will learn the skills needed to carry through to completion the construction and repair of machine parts using machinist’s hand tools, machine tools, and precision measuring instruments. Students will then learn to read blueprints and to set up and operate machinery such as engine lathes, milling machines, cylindrical grinders, surface grinders, and drill presses. Students will also be trained in the programming and operation of highly technical computer controlled lathes, milling machines and wire electrical discharge machines.
Careers as machinists, CNC operators and programmers, tool and die makers, tool machinery and sales, and quality control inspectors are just a few that will be available to graduates of this program.
Excellent job opportunities are expected. Employers in certain parts of the country report difficulty attracting qualified applicants. Median hourly earnings of machinists were $22.62 in May 2021, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $38.00 an hour. Experienced machinists may be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms, increasing their earning power. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)