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Machine Technology

High-tech industries need high-tech employees

Machinists are skilled workers who are able to read and interpret blueprints, use common hand tools, set up and operate metal cutting machines, and use precision measuring instruments to design and manufacture parts from simple pieces such as nuts and bolts to complex, high-tech components. TCC’s machine technology program is designed for both entry-level students hoping to launch their careers and experienced craftspeople wanting to upgrade their skills. The up-to-date curriculum provides the current theoretical, technological, and practical experience employers need.

Semesters:
2
Credits:
22
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Locations:
Chesapeake Campus
Career Studies Certificate - Computer Numerical Controls Operator

You’ll have classes in numerical controls, machine shop practices, orientation to engineering and technologies, and introduction to computer-aided manufacturing. In addition, you can learn in the field with a three-credit cooperative education internship during your final semester.

Semesters:
1
Credits:
16
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Locations:
Chesapeake Campus
Career Studies Certificate - Basic Metal & Plastic Machine Operator

Basic metal and plastic machine operators adjust machines to control speed, material feed, and path of the cut, and ensure the machines are set up and operating properly. Courses will cover machine blueprint reading, machine shop safety, theory and practice in lathe and milling machines, and use of standards, such as the Machinery’s Handbook.

Additional Program Information:

Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to obtain the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) industry certification.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • want to know how machines work
  • work well as part of a team

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