Machinist

Build and create in the machinist program

If you like to build and create things, are detail-oriented, and like to work with your hands, the Machinist program may be the perfect fit. At Bates, you will learn to use conventional machines, CNC machining centers and turning centers. In this hands-on program, you will complete a series of projects designed to broaden your machining experience. With instructors who have years of experience, and a workshop with the newest equipment available, you will have the opportunity to learn in a setting that mirrors industry.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Andrea Cobb
253.680.7185 | acobb@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$49,070
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings40,700

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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MACHINIST - Associate of Applied Science: 111 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
CNCM111 CNCM111 - Introduction to CNC Technology
This course introduces the student to the many ways CNC technology is used today. Machining, science, the food industry and many other applications of CNC are examined.
2
CNCM213 CNCM213 - Aerospace Print Reading
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of aerospace blueprint reading as it relates to machine shop-CNC operations. The interpretation of information located on engineering drawings and parts list navigation is emphasized.
MACH119 5
MACH111 MACH111 - Machine Shop Mathematics I
This Introduction course is a self-paced for math concepts to solve problems common to the machining/manufacturing industry
2
MACH112 MACH112 - Industrial Safety I
This course is an introduction to the occupational safety practices common to the machining/manufacturing industry. Emphasis is placed on the application of OSHA and WISHA standards within the lab setting
3
MACH114 MACH114 - Lathe Operations I
In this course students learn to set up and run conventional lathes for facing and turning operations and to perform basic machining skills
4
MACH116 MACH116 - Introduction to Machining Technology
This introduction course engages students to review the multiple parts of machining. The following topics in the course, syllabus, and schedule, rules of the shop, Tooling U, emergency procedures, machine safety, and housekeeping.
3
MACH117 MACH117 - Measurement Applications
In this course students will use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators
5
MACH118 MACH118 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
This course is an introduction to the symbolic language used on engineering drawings
5
MACH119 MACH119 - Blueprint Reading II
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to apply advanced dimensioning, tolerancing, practices, and multiple views
5
MACH120 MACH120 - Machine Shop Mathematics II (RI)
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 111, students study elementary geometry, trigonometry, and Algebra as they apply to the machine shop ( This course meets the RI-Related Instruction for Computation for the COC and the AAS)
5
MACH121 MACH121 - Lathe Operations II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 114, students apply more advanced turning skills using taper attachment, single point threading, knurling, boring head, and drill grinding
4
MACH122 MACH122 - Grinding I
In this course students conduct set up and use a surface grinder
2
MACH123 MACH123 - Machining I
This course is an introduction to basic machining tools and processes including mechanical forces and metal removal
2
MACH124 MACH124 - Milling I
This course focuses on conventional milling machine techniques
2
MACH131 MACH131 - Industrial Safety II
This course focuses on common occupational safety practices within the lab setting
2
MACH133 MACH133 - Milling Operations II
This is a introductory course on the basic metallurgy, including physical and mechanical properties of metal
3
MACH134 MACH134 - Advanced Machining I
This course students will demonstrate complex lathe operations
4
MACH137 MACH137 - Advanced Machining II
This advanced machining course requires students to demonstrate complex lathe operations
2
MACH139 MACH139 - Grinding II
A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 122, students will surface grind parallel and angular surfaces to within print tolerances
2
MACH213 MACH213 - Advanced Machining III
This advanced course provides students with the opportunity for practice to machine and assemble complex components
5
MACH225 MACH225 - CNC Lathe II
In this course, students will learn CNC Machine setup, Program editing, Machining and the fundamentals of CNC Lathe Control.
3
MACH230 MACH230 - CNC Mill I
In this course, students will write CNC lathe and Mill code manually, as well as solve complex complications that derive out of writing CNC code. Learn to setup, operate, and run successful CNC programs on a CNC Lathe and Mill
4
MACH232 MACH232 - Advanced CNC Machining I
This course provides the student with advanced practice associated with CNC machine programs
5
MACH233 MACH233 - Advanced CNC Machining II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 232, students work on advanced CNC machining project
5
MACH234 MACH234 - CNC Mill II
In this course, students learn material prep, machining, and the fundamental of the CNC control.
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
CNCM215 CNCM215 - Computer-Aided Manufacturing CAM
In this course, students use CAM software to program parts from engineering drawings.
5
MACH142 MACH142 - Advanced Machine Shop Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen
8
MACH224 MACH224 - Computer-Aided Manufacturing
This course provides the student with expanded knowledge of advanced manual machining concepts
5
MACH292 MACH292 - Independent Projects
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project instead of a work-based learning component. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission is required to enroll in this course.
1-5
MACH293 MACH293 - Independent Projects
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project instead of a work-based learning component. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission is required to enroll in this course.
1-5
MACH294 MACH294 - Independent Projects
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission is required to enroll in this course
1-5
WBAS101 WBAS101 - Welding Basics
This course is an introduction to industry-standard welding and cutting processes. Safety principles, equipment setup, and the use of tools and materials are presented.
8

MANUAL MACHINING - Certificate of Competency: 78 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
MACH111 MACH111 - Machine Shop Mathematics I
This Introduction course is a self-paced for math concepts to solve problems common to the machining/manufacturing industry
2
MACH112 MACH112 - Industrial Safety I
This course is an introduction to the occupational safety practices common to the machining/manufacturing industry. Emphasis is placed on the application of OSHA and WISHA standards within the lab setting
3
MACH114 MACH114 - Lathe Operations I
In this course students learn to set up and run conventional lathes for facing and turning operations and to perform basic machining skills
4
MACH116 MACH116 - Introduction to Machining Technology
This introduction course engages students to review the multiple parts of machining. The following topics in the course, syllabus, and schedule, rules of the shop, Tooling U, emergency procedures, machine safety, and housekeeping.
3
MACH117 MACH117 - Measurement Applications
In this course students will use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators
5
MACH118 MACH118 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
This course is an introduction to the symbolic language used on engineering drawings
5
MACH119 MACH119 - Blueprint Reading II
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to apply advanced dimensioning, tolerancing, practices, and multiple views
5
MACH120 MACH120 - Machine Shop Mathematics II (RI)
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 111, students study elementary geometry, trigonometry, and Algebra as they apply to the machine shop ( This course meets the RI-Related Instruction for Computation for the COC and the AAS)
5
MACH121 MACH121 - Lathe Operations II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 114, students apply more advanced turning skills using taper attachment, single point threading, knurling, boring head, and drill grinding
4
MACH122 MACH122 - Grinding I
In this course students conduct set up and use a surface grinder
2
MACH123 MACH123 - Machining I
This course is an introduction to basic machining tools and processes including mechanical forces and metal removal
2
MACH124 MACH124 - Milling I
This course focuses on conventional milling machine techniques
2
MACH131 MACH131 - Industrial Safety II
This course focuses on common occupational safety practices within the lab setting
2
MACH133 MACH133 - Milling Operations II
This is a introductory course on the basic metallurgy, including physical and mechanical properties of metal
3
MACH134 MACH134 - Advanced Machining I
This course students will demonstrate complex lathe operations
4
MACH137 MACH137 - Advanced Machining II
This advanced machining course requires students to demonstrate complex lathe operations
2
MACH139 MACH139 - Grinding II
A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 122, students will surface grind parallel and angular surfaces to within print tolerances
2
MACH142 MACH142 - Advanced Machine Shop Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen
8
MACH213 MACH213 - Advanced Machining III
This advanced course provides students with the opportunity for practice to machine and assemble complex components
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
WBAS101 WBAS101 - Welding Basics
This course is an introduction to industry-standard welding and cutting processes. Safety principles, equipment setup, and the use of tools and materials are presented.
8

Machinists produce precision parts, tools, and instruments utilizing both manual and computerized machining systems. For over sixty years, the machinist program has prepared students for apprentice positions through local apprenticeship agencies. The instruction contains extensive hands-on experience in the use of traditional precision tooling and machining equipment, as well as sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology including CNC lathes, CNC milling machines, and program-specific software. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Apply safety procedures appropriate to running a modern machine shop.
  2. Interpret Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) used in machining fluids and materials.
  3. Use micrometers, indicators, calipers, height gauges, and etc. to measure and inspect parts accurately.
  4. Solve practical trigonometry problems related to the geometry of parts.
  5. Read and interpret engineering drawings as they apply to machined parts.
  6. Use geometric dimensioning and tolerancing symbols as applied to Engineering drawings
  7. Identify and use appropriate tool materials for a given application.
  8. Apply speeds and feeds for various cutting tools and materials.
  9. Set up and operate a variety of manual lathes, milling machines, and precision grinding machines to produce parts to specifications.
  10. Use common CNC machine language to write programs for CNC lathes and mills.
  11. Set up and operate a variety of CNC lathes and milling machines using 2,3 and 4 axis movements to produce parts to specifications.
  12. Use CAD/CAM software to generate geometry and tool path.
  13. Produce a capstone project to include the above skill sets.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College:

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Follow the link for gainful employment info concerning this program: Gainful Employment

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Dan Sanford

    253.680.7285 | Email