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Turn a dial, flip a switch, push a lever … anyone can learn to run a machine. But some of us go further and learn how to work
beyond the designed capabilities of the machine. We call those professionals machinists.
Using creative thinking and problem-solving skills, machinists create parts (usually metal parts) that are used in all kinds of manufacturing and fabrication.
There are two types of machining:
A machinist trained in manual machining uses equipment (like mills and lathes) to manually turn, mill, drill, shape, grind – and ultimately create – machine parts.
A machinist trained in CNC machining uses computer coding to produce machine parts.
Both machining techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. When a machinist needs increased precision with the part he/she is making, or wants to produce multiple parts at once, CNC techniques are used to automate processes. And when the technology ever fails, manual machining tools and techniques are necessary.
In short, machinists in today’s workplace need to be able to use both manual and CNC machinery.
Curious where you’ll find employed machinists? Right here in Texas! Our state is among the top five for employment levels of machinists (source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Machinist jobs are available in shops, factories, production plants and schools. You can also work as a maintenance machinist – repairing and maintain equipment used for machining.
When it comes to manual machining, much of the experienced workforce is retiring. More career professionals are needed to come in and fill those spots (like you)! Those who can also operate CNC machines are highly desired.
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In the Machinist Certificate program you will learn how to perform manual
and CNC machining operations – broadening your opportunities for employment.
When you complete the program, you will be equipped to independently plan and carry out common machining tasks. You'll also be able to interpret engineer drawings and make any necessary calculations.
This certificate is available as a credit
or continuing education/workforce award.Learn more about
the differences between credit and workforce welding courses.
For credit classes, see the
catalog page for Machinist Certificate.
For details about continuing education/workforce classes,
contact your college of choice.
If the classes are taken as
college credit, the credits can also be applied to other certificates or a degree.
Classes taken as
continuing education/workforce training are not applied to degrees. In some cases, they can be applied toward other workforce certificates.
Talk to the
program coordinator at your college for more details.
Ready to take your first step toward a career in welding?