About the Program
Do you like shaping and creating things from metal? Do you enjoy learning how machines work and have a good eye for detail? If so, you might want to consider a career as a machinist! This program covers basics in safety, industrial math, measuring, print reading, metal types, and machining processes before moving into mills, lathes, turret lathes, grinding and more.
This course will introduce you to the computer numerical control (CNC) technology and programming. Throughout your studies, you'll learn about the basic history and purpose of CNC machines. When you complete the course, you'll have a working knowledge of basic word address programming, CAD/CAM, and machining and turning centers. You'll be able to explain the applications of EDM, laser, oxyfuel, plasma, waterjet, wood, stone, and plastics cutting technologies. You'll end the course with lessons on conversational programming and statistical process control.
Career Growth & Opportunity
The need for machinists and skilled employees in the manufacturing space is critical, with a projected industry need of 2 million workers needed by 2026. With a large population of workers in the manufacturing industry preparing the retire, the opportunity is ripe for new talent to take their place.
As an entry-level machinist, you are typically considered an “apprentice” and gain the skills you need both through formal training programs and hands-on work. From this role, you would become a qualified machinist or journeyman, and for those seeking leadership opportunities the supervisor role would be the next step.
Most machinists work full time and get paid an hourly wage. Wages tend to range from $12 to $30 an hour. For those who work regular, full time hours, this adds up to $26,000 to $63,000 a year. Some senior workers can earn more than $63,000 a year, and supervisors can earn up to $70,000 a year.
Machinists enjoy learning new hands-on skills, have a keen attention to detail, and enjoy working with tools to shape metal. They typically work indoors in the machine shops of manufacturing companies, which can be noisy. Most machinists work 40 hours per week, sometimes including evenings and weekends, and overtime may be required in some instances. Because of the nature of operating machinery, the machinist role typically requires many repetitive tasks.