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Machine Tool Trades


About the Program

This program prepares students for employment and advancement in the machine tool field. Machinists are skilled workers who set up and operate machinery to produce precision tools and instruments. They are able to read and interpret blueprints, use common hand tools, set up and operate metal cutting machines and use precision measuring instruments. Advanced placement in this program is possible for experienced machinists.


Careers in Machine Tool Trades

Career Outlook for Machinists


Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Applied Science

  • Machine Tool Trades A.A.S.


  • Basic Maching - Phase I Certificate
  • Machine Tool Trades - Phase II Certificate
  • Tool and Mold Maker - Phase III (Advanced) Certificate

Learn more about the program options.

Why Choose CLC?

Why Choose CLC?

Our Machine Tools courses are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, and the National Institute for Metalworking (N.I.M.S.) national certification program. The program offers apprenticeship opportunities and N.I.M.S. national credentialing credit. MasterCAM certification is also available.