Machinist

Machinists are skilled workers who produce or repair precision metal parts essential for production and maintenance of industrial machinery, aircraft, automobiles, and many other manufactured goods. Machinists cut, form, fit, and assemble materials, using various machine tools and computer assisted numerically-controlled machines.

As a machinist, you review blueprints and written specifications, calculate where to cut the workpiece, monitor the feed and speed of the machine, select appropriate tools, and plan the cutting and finishing sequence of the project.

To pursue a machinist career, you must be able to work independently and follow safety precautions, possess manual dexterity, be mechanically inclined, be able to stand for long periods and lift moderately heavy equipment. You must also have the ability to perform highly accurate work requiring extensive concentration and have a basic knoledge of math and computers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Machinist certificate program may find employment in the following areas:

  • Automotive industry
  • Construction equipment industry
  • Maintenance machinist
  • Production machinist
  • CNC machinist
  • CNC operator
  • Process maintenance

Advisors and Faculty

Kevin Thomas

East Peoria Campus AIT Building 218

(309) 694-8447

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Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 34

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MACTR 110 PRINT READING - MECHANICAL  3
MACTR 121 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION I  3
MACTR 122 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION II  3
MACTR 123 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION III  2
MACTR 124 SPECIAL MACHINING SKILLS  2
MATH 106 APPLIED ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY  4
MECTK 138 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I  3
MECTK 232 MATERIALS SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL METALLURGY  3
NCTK 110 INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS  1
NCTK 210 FUNDAMENTALS OF CNC PROGRAMMING  2
NCTK 212 CNC MACHINE OPERATION I  2
NCTK 214 N/C MACHINING, MILL  2
PHYS 104 PRE-TECHNICAL PHYSICS  4

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1MACTR 110; MACTR 121; MACTR 122; MAT 106; NCTK 110
Spring Semester 1MACTR 123; MACTR 124; PHYS 104; MECTK 232; NCTK 210
Summer SemesterMECTK 138; NCTK 212; NCTK 214

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building, Room 209
(309) 694-5171 or (309) 694-5510

Illinois Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Pathway:
Production

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