Machining Technology
The machinist's craft is basic to all American industrial production. It is the machinist's task to interpret the engineer's drawings in order to fabricate new machines and products.

Machinists operate various types of material-removing equipment such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machines. Some machinists specialize in the operation of one type of machine while others work in a shop where they are required to perform equally well on several different machines.

Clark College's program offers instruction in numerous machine processes including the set-up and operation of the engine lathe, surface grinders, vertical mill, CNC lathes, EDM and CNC milling machines.

All shop theory subjects have a direct bearing on the student's skill, safety, and attitude. In addition to shop theory and practice, the student studies math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, safety, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programming.

MasterCAM programming classes teach basic CAM programming for mills, lathe, EDM, etc. The basic CNC class involves writing programs and learning to safely operate the HAAS CNC mills.

Students must complete all Major Area Requirements and specifically listed courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Machining Technician (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MACH 111
BASIC GENERAL MACHINING PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 112
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 113
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 121
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 122
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 123
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 131
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 132
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 133
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 241
ADVANCED PRECISION MEASUREMENT
5 cr.
MACH 242
INTRO TO CNC LATHE CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 243
INTRO TO CNC MILL CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 251
TOOLING CONCEPTS
5 cr.
MACH 252
CNC LATHE SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 253
CNC MILLING SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 261
ADVANCED EDM PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 262
ADVANCED CNC LATHE PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 263
ADVANCED MILLING 3D PROGRAMMING AND MACHINING
5 cr.
Related Required Classes
MACH 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
MACH 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 103
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate compliance of all machine shop safety regulations.
  • Interpret blueprints and perform inspection of machined parts.
  • Perform entry-level skills for setup and operation of manual machines.
  • Perform entry-level skills to program, operate, and set up CNC machine tools.
  • Communicate and interact in a team/group environment to perform multiple tasks in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Machining Technologies (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MACH 111
BASIC GENERAL MACHINING PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 112
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 113
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 121
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 122
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 123
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 131
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 132
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 133
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 241
ADVANCED PRECISION MEASUREMENT
5 cr.
MACH 242
INTRO TO CNC LATHE CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 243
INTRO TO CNC MILL CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 251
TOOLING CONCEPTS
5 cr.
MACH 252
CNC LATHE SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 253
CNC MILLING SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 261
ADVANCED EDM PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 262
ADVANCED CNC LATHE PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 263
ADVANCED MILLING 3D PROGRAMMING AND MACHINING
5 cr.
Related Required Classes
MACH 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
MACH 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 118
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate compliance of all machine shop safety regulations.
  • Interpret blueprints and perform inspection of machined parts.
  • Perform entry-level skills for setup and operation of manual machines.
  • Perform entry-level skills to program, operate, and set up CNC machine tools.
  • Communicate and interact in a team/group environment to perform multiple tasks in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Machining Technologies (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MACH 111
BASIC GENERAL MACHINING PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 112
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 113
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 121
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 122
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 123
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 131
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 132
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 133
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 241
ADVANCED PRECISION MEASUREMENT
5 cr.
MACH 242
INTRO TO CNC LATHE CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 243
INTRO TO CNC MILL CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 251
TOOLING CONCEPTS
5 cr.
MACH 252
CNC LATHE SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 253
CNC MILLING SETUP AND OPERATION
5 cr.
MACH 261
ADVANCED EDM PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 262
ADVANCED CNC LATHE PROGRAMMING
5 cr.
MACH 263
ADVANCED MILLING 3D PROGRAMMING AND MACHINING
5 cr.
Related Required Classes
MACH 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
MACH 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
MATH 085
INDUSTRIAL MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 114
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate compliance of all machine shop safety regulations.
  • Interpret blueprints and perform inspection of machined parts.
  • Perform entry-level skills for setup and operation of manual machines.
  • Perform entry-level skills to program, operate, and set up CNC machine tools.
  • Communicate and interact in a team/group environment to perform multiple tasks in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Manual Machining (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MACH 111
BASIC GENERAL MACHINING PROCESSES
5 cr.
MACH 112
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 113
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 121
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES I
5 cr.
MACH 122
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 123
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 131
BASIC SURFACE GRINDER PROCESSES II
5 cr.
MACH 132
BASIC ENGINE LATHE PROCESSES III
5 cr.
MACH 133
BASIC VERTICAL MILLING PROCESSES III
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 54
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate compliance of all machine shop safety regulations.
  • Interpret blueprints and perform inspection of machined parts.
  • Perform entry-level skills for setup and operation of manual machines.
  • Communicate and interact in a team/group environment to perform multiple tasks in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.