The program prepares students for employment in machine shops, manufacturing facilities and in the maintenance of industrial plants.

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Machining Technology - AAS

Machine Technology - Basic Manufacturing/Machining - Certificate Level I

Machining Technology - Certificate Level II

Program Information

General Requirements

The Machining Technology program is designed to meet the industry’s continued and growing need for trained machine operators and programmers. The program prepares students for employment in machine shops, manufacturing facilities and in the maintenance of industrial plants. The AAS degree in Machining Technology is designed to develop competent support technicians for employment in the field of machine shop and related occupations. The curricula are based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) recommendation to provide a broad-based education with opportunities for specific employment and personal interest goals.

The laboratories have more than twenty pieces of equipment such as manual lathes, drilling and milling machines, hydraulic and pneumatic trainers. Additionally, a computer lab is equipped with sixty personal computers with up-to-date training materials.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Safety Rules and Regulations as they apply to a machining environment.
  • Interpret and Decode Information Found in Blueprints, Specifications, and Applicable Documents Related to Machining Projects.
  • Exhibit knowledge in the proper use, selection, and applications of machine equipment and measuring instruments.
  • Fabricate parts and components utilizing information provided in blueprints and specifications.


There are 14,095 Machinists employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 13.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 939 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $19.36 hourly, $68,000 annually

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.

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