General Machinist is a two-semester Diploma program designed to provide in-depth study and considerable hands-on skills in the machine processing of a variety of metals. This one-year program provides the foundation for the Associate in Applied Science program, Tool, and Die Technology. Students become proficient in the operation of manual mills, lathes, grinders, drills, and saws as they complete increasingly complex projects while holding tight tolerances. Various pieces of precision measuring equipment (optical comparator, coordinate measuring machine, etc.) are used to check quality. Additional work in blueprint reading, heat-treating, and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining is required to complete the General Machinist program.

Diploma Earned

Upon successful completion of the General Machinist curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma. Program graduates have the option to continue into the A.A.S. Tool and Die Technology program or immediately begin employment in an area of a machine shop or manufacturing facility producing a wide variety of machine parts.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work-study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Career Opportunities

  • Operate and set up CNC mills and lathes
  • Maintenance work
  • Operate and set up manual equipment
Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 semesters
5,751 USD
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