Machining Technology

Career Paths: Machinist, CNC Machinist, CNC Programmer, Tool & Die Maker, Mechanical Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Engineer




Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jonathan "Lewis" Williams

Mr. Williams started teaching at Southwest CTC in 2019 after nineteen years as a professional tool & die maker, tool designer, and manufacturing engineer, and strives to provide each of his students with the best tools and skills available to launch themselves into great-paying careers in machining straight out of high school or preparing them for post secondary opertunities in mechanical design or engineering.

Manufacturing Day 2019 @ Smith & Nephew
Manufacturing Day 2019 @ Smith & Nephew

Quick Facts

  • What does a machinist do?

    Machinists set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

    How much do machinists make?

    The median annual wage for machinists was $44,420 in May 2019. ($21.36/hour)

    What is the work envorioment like?

    Machinists work in machine shops, toolrooms, and factories. Although many work full time during regular business hours, overtime may be common, as is evening and weekend work.

    U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

    Postsecondary Pathways

Course Catalog

  • YEAR 1

    Principles of Manufacturing &
    Principles of Machining I

    • History of the manufacturing industry and machining technology.
    • Blueprint reading, precision measurement and shop geometry.
    • Conventional (manual) Machining operations.
    • Make your own functional tools while learning.
    • OSHA 10 Industry Certification


    YEAR 2

    Principles of Machining II

    • CNC Maching Operation
    • Basic CNC Programming
    • Advanced Machining Techniques
    • Robotics and Automation
    • 3-D Printing Technology
    • Certified Production Technician Certification


    YEAR 3 (Repeatable)

    Work Based Learning or Manufacturing Practicum

    • Limited seats available, students may apply at the end of year two.
    • Work Based Learning: Paid internships with industry partners using the latest in manufacturing technology.
    • Manufacturing Practicum: Work in a simulated manufacturing environment gaining real world experience before entering the workforce.
    • NIMS Level I Certification