Academic Catalog

Machinist Apprentice Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters, or by instructor permission.
Prerequisites
None.

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as a machinist apprentice in the manufacturing/metal-working industry.

Responsible for setting up and operating conventional machine tools and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools.

Students will develop proficiency in blueprint reading, shop math, precision measuring, conventional lathes and mills, surface and tool-cutter grinding, general shop machines, CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Drawing & Computer-Aided Machining), and CNC-turning centers and milling machines.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Optional Course

MCH 240, Training & Practice

Note: MCH 240, Training & Practice, is designed for specific skills enhancement with the purpose of re-entering the manufacturing workforce. Mutually agreed-upon goals will be set and paid for at an hourly rate.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MCH 101Orientation/Machine Shop Safety2
MCH 105Shop Math/Blueprint I6
MCH 107Shop Math/Blueprint II6
MCH 109Shop Math/Blueprint III6
MCH 111Shop Machines & Tools6
MCH 117Lathes I6
MCH 121Mills I6
MCH 122Lathes & Mills II8
MCH 125Lathes & Mills III10
MCH 126Lathes & Mills IV8
MCH 129Surface Grinding4
MCH 133Tool & Cutter Grinding5
MCH 202Introduction to CNC7
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits95

Orientation/Machine Shop Safety

Item #
MCH 101
Total Credits
2

Provides an overview of the program, orientation to shop procedures, and the responsibilities associated with personal safety and the safety of others. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission.
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Shop Math/Blueprint I

Item #
MCH 105
Total Credits
6

Provides a review of basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, fractions and decimal fractions. Includes a study of drawings and prints and an overview of basic measuring tools. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Shop Math/Blueprint II

Item #
MCH 107
Total Credits
6

Provides study of basic geometry concepts and introduction to calculators. Includes advanced study of prints and reading of machine details. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Shop Math/Blueprint III

Item #
MCH 109
Total Credits
6

An introduction to trigonometric functions, practical machine mathematical applications, the Cartesian coordinate system, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Shop Machines & Tools

Item #
MCH 111
Total Credits
6

Use and care of hand and machine tools used in measurement, layout and inspection. Beginning machine tool operation of pedestal grinders, drill presses and power saws. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Lathes I

Item #
MCH 117
Total Credits
6

Progressively difficult operations on lathes with emphasis on setups, speeds and feeds, turning, facing, grooving, threading and tapers. Actual turning jobs from industry may be used. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Mills I

Item #
MCH 121
Total Credits
6

Progressively difficult operations on milling machines, with emphasis on setups, speeds and feeds, end milling, side milling, shell milling, drilling, and tapping. Actual machining jobs from industry may be used. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
CLOSE

Lathes & Mills II

Item #
MCH 122
Total Credits
8

Intermediate calculations and machining operations with emphasis on accessories for lathes and milling machines. Actual machining jobs from industry may be used. 

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Lathes & Mills III

Item #
MCH 125
Total Credits
10

Progressively advanced turning and milling techniques with emphasis placed on precision setup using geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Actual machining jobs from industry may be used. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
CLOSE

Lathes & Mills IV

Item #
MCH 126
Total Credits
8

Progressively advanced turning and milling techniques with emphasis placed on the use of all shop equipment to complete advanced precision projects. Actual machining jobs from industry may be used. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
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Surface Grinding

Item #
MCH 129
Total Credits
4

Progressively difficult grinding operations with emphasis on surface grinding, mounting, dressing and truing grinding machine wheels. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
CLOSE

Tool & Cutter Grinding

Item #
MCH 133
Total Credits
5

Progressively difficult tool and cutter grinding with emphasis on milling cutters, reamers and form tools. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
CLOSE

Introduction to CNC

Item #
MCH 202
Total Credits
7

Introduction to CNC programming software and setups using CAD/CAM interfacing and project milling, drilling and lathe turning. Actual machining jobs from industry may be used. 

Prerequisites
Instructor’s permission and MCH 101.
CLOSE

English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
CLOSE

Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
CLOSE

General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
CLOSE
This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.