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.
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.
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).
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.