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Machining Applications

Are you creative? Do you like to work with your hands? Do you enjoy using technology? Career training as a machinist could be a great fit for you!

A machinist operates computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, such as lathes and milling machines, to cut and produce precision parts for machines, instruments, and tools. Machinists repair or produce parts using both manual and automated equipment with precise measurements.

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Machining Applications I (128 hours of hands-on training): This course is designed to introduce machining operations as they relate to the metalworking industry. Topics include machine shop safety, measuring tools, lathes, drilling machines, saws, milling machines, bench grinders, and layout instruments. Emphasis is placed on setup and operation of machine tools including the selection and use of work holding devices, speeds, feeds, cutting tools, and coolants. The course also introduces the concepts and capabilities of computer numerical control machine tools. Topics include setup, operation, and basic applications.

Machining Applications II (128 hours of hands-on training): This course is designed to be a continuation of Machining Applications I. Students will continue to hone their skills in machining with additional instruction and lab work.

Students that want to learn more after successful completion of Machining Applications I and II can earn transfer credit for MAC-111 (Machining Technology I) and MAC-121 (Intro to CNC Machining) in the CFCC Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) certificate and associate degree programs.

Job Outlook

According to, the overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 47,500 openings for machinists and tool and die makers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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