Machinist Technology

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Joseph M. Martinez

Residential Faculty - Manufacturing Technology


This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology
Machinist Technology

You’ve seen it on television or online. Some guy is using that rig to carve out a wicked aluminum wheel he designed in the computer. Well, that guy’s machining, and it might be just the career you’re looking for.

Machining is defined as any operation that changes the shape, surface finish, or mechanical properties of a material by the application of special tools and equipment. Machining is almost always a process where a cutting tool removes material to effect the desired change in the work piece.

The Machine Technology program at MCC provides you with the entry-level skills you need to develop new products with input from engineering sketches and drawings. Our program will give you a broad range of competencies, including machining skills, electro-mechanical assembly, and product test and prove-out knowledge.

The Machine Technology program is based on hands-on experience and training on various machine shop machines and their accessories, combined with a suitable amount of related classroom material. Students who complete the program will have the basic machining skills needed to work well in a product development environment or a custom, low volume production environment.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Machinist Technology program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL CAM Systems Programming
Certificate of Completion CCL CNC Machining I
Certificate of Completion CCL CNC Machining II

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Machinist Technology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators


Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Machinist Technology program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.