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Machine Shop Technology


Programs in machine shop technology prepare people to use machines that make and modify metal parts.

Machine shop technology programs include topics such as:


Many career and technical schools offer as well as most community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in machine shop technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Some programs require you to be an ironworking apprentice before you are admitted.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many machine shop technology programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.

Students may be required to buy their own tools.

Usually you need to apprentice with an experienced machine shop professional for a number of years before you can work independently.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Everett Community College

Green River College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Orion Industries

Renton Technical College

Shoreline Community College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Statewide and Distance Learning

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Clover Park Technical College

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Centralia College

Lower Columbia College

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Yakima Area

Perry Technical Institute

Yakima Valley College