Computerized Manufacturing & Machining

A machinist is a person who uses machine tools to make or modify parts made primarily of metal. If you are detail-oriented, like math, enjoy solving problems and like to work to very precise specifications, you might enjoy a career as a machinist. The Computerized Manufacturing & Machining program teaches the skills and techniques necessary to excel in this field, which is a significant part of an advanced manufacturing environment.

Career Opportunities

Machinists work in machine shops and manufacturing plants; some may own their own businesses.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Boone; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall or spring terms


Certificates and diplomas. An associate in applied science degree is available through the General Occupational and Technical Studies program. Go to the KCTCS Catalog for details on the GOTS program.

Program Length

(After any developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)

  • Certificate: Varies from one to two semesters by certificate
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Associate degree: Two years

Students enrolled in the Computerized Manufacturing & Machining program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each technical course.

Advising Sheet (PDF)




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This program is IMPACT eligible.