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Prepare for a career in the trades

Overview

Almost every object you see in the world contains parts created by a machinist – including desks, chairs, cars, and airplanes. Machinists use high-tech machines to shape things out of metal, plastic, ceramics, and compositions. You can choose from two certificates in this pathway—machinist and computer numerical control—and/or earn an associate degree in machine trades.

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Career Paths

The machine trades path can lead to a long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with cutting-edge technology.

  • Gear machinist
  • Journeyman machinist
  • Machine operator
  • Machine repair person
  • Maintenance machinist
  • Maintenance specialist
  • Production machinist
  • Set-up machinist
  • Tool and die maker
  • Tool room machinist
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Millwright

 

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Skills & Abilities

  • Blueprint reading
  • Machine shop
  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Computer numerical control
  • Foundational skills for the trades
  • Industrial safety
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Industrial communications
  • Industrial math
  • Human relations
  • First Aid/CPR

Certificate and degree options

Students who attend full-time can earn a machinist or computer numerical control certificate in three quarters (one academic year) and an associate degree in machine trades in three additional quarters (two academic years total).

Apprenticeship Pathways

Use the skills you gain in this program to enter an apprenticeship pathway with machinists-boilermakers, operating engineers, machinists and aerospace workers, or industrial maintenance millwrights.


Contact Machinist Program

 Nathan Shepherd

   (360) 442-2746
  nshepherd@lowercolumbia.edu

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