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Inside Machinist

Career Studies Certificate

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Gain the technical skills to enter industries where jobs are in high demand

Learn in our state-of-the-art Precision Machining Lab, the only one of its kind on the Southside.

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Imagine yourself employed in the high-demand industries of advanced manufacturing, shipbuilding or ship repair.

Today’s technologically advanced world demands that inside machinists be proficient in reading blueprints and be competent in using precision measurement and machining equipment – highly detailed skills that you can learn with Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Inside Machinist.

You will learn in our state-of-the-art Precision Machining Lab located on the Chesapeake Campus. Inside the lab are computer numerical control mills and lathes, a surface grinder, automated measurement machines and various manual machine tools.

You will be hands-on with actual production equipment for turning and milling that you will use on the job.

Course work includes:

  • machine blueprint reading
  • machine shop practices
  • standards, measurements and calculations

You can complete this career studies certificate taking classes part time in as little as two semesters!

This program is ideal for veterans and active-duty military transitioning to the civilian workforce.

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work in this program qualifies you to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Inside Machinist consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on the Chesapeake Campus. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $181.10 per credit = $3,259.80 (not including textbooks and supplies) 
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Credits earned in this certificate apply toward an Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

Is this program for me?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • are detail oriented
  • enjoy a challenge

Flexible nighttime classes

Get the hands-on skills you’ll need in our Precision Machining Lab, which houses “smart” machines used in the industry.

This program is pending approval for federal financial aid.


Dean Thomas Stout encourages students to get out of their comfort zones

Median Salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $40,668*

Military and veterans

Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill and other educational benefits.

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.