Technical Studies Machining - Garrett College

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Professional & Technical Studies

Machining Concentration

Machinists work in a variety of industries including energy, transportation, advanced manufacturing and the production of specialty products. Our training program prepares you for a career in Manual and CNC Machining.

Why choose Machining?

The Professional & Technical Studies A.A.S. with Machining Concentration degree curriculum is designed to provide theory along with practical, hands-on instruction enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter the workforce as trained manual and CNC machinists.

Degree Awarded

Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Professional & Technical Studies with a concentration in Machining.

Students also have the option of a non-credit certification program through Continuing Education & Workforce Development.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written formats related to general as well as technical fields.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate different leadership styles and anticipate the consequences resulting from the use of each of these styles.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to recall and apply appropriate terminology, abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols that are used in the machining and metal fabrication industry.
  • Students will successfully complete an approved field experience in the machining industry.
  • Students will demonstrate the five core competencies as defined by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills: Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout; Measurement, Materials & Safety; Milling I; Turning I: Between Centers; and Drill Press of Manual Milling and Turning.
  • Students will demonstrate the two core competencies (CNC Lathe Programming Setup & Operation and CNC Mill Program Setup & Operation) of CNC Milling and Turning as outlined by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

Program Benefits

Garrett's Machining program creates career-ready graduates with skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce as trained manual and CNC machinists.

Career Goals

Garrett's Machining program prepares you for a career in both manual and CNC machining.

Machining concentration Professional & Technical Studies A.A.S. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (22 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • GER  Two (2) Arts & Humanities Courses G  6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Soc & Behavioral Science CourseG  3


  • GER  Science Lab CourseG 4


  • GER  Mathematics CourseG  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • GER  Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues Course (CIS105 is recommended)  3

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • BUS150  Personal & Consumer Finance  3
  • BUS235  Leadership Development  3
  • COM121  Workplace Communication  3

Concentration Courses (13 credits)

  • BUS294  Field Experience in Business  3
  • MCH101  Machining I  3
  • MCH102  Machining II  3
  • MCH201  Machining III  3
  • MCH202  Machining IV  3

Electives (15 credits)

Check with advisor about transferability.

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.