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

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Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Maintenance, Installation and Repair
ICC Pathway: Machine Tool Technology

Early College

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Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

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Certificate of Completion

CNC Machine Operator (9 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Machinists, CNC Machine Tool Programmer $15-20/hr

Certificate of Completion

Machinist(34 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Machinists, CNC Machine Tool Programmer$15-20/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Machine Tool Technology(63 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Machinist, Millwrights, Industrial Machinery Mechanics$22-33/hr


There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs.


Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

Manufacturing Engineering programs are good options for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree


General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
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Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

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