Machining Technology

Memphis is second in the nation in the total number of medical device manufacturers operating within its borders and neighboring areas. Local medical device manufacturers have joined forces to form the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) which articulates the needs of its member companies to Southwest. A recent report by the GMMDC indicated that there is an immediate need for skilled and trained machinists in the Memphis which will remain for many years to come.

Machining Technology

Machining Technical Certificates

Learn More About The Technical Certificates

The Machining Fundamentals Technical Certificate is designed to equip graduates with the basic machining skills that will enable them to find entry-level positions in the machining and metal fabrication fields. Emphasis is placed on manual machining and basic CNC topics.

The Advanced Machining Technical Certificate is designed to equip graduates with advanced machining skills that will enable them to find higher-level positions in the machining and metal fabrication fields. Emphasis is placed on advanced CNC machining and CAD/CAM topics.

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What Do I Learn In The Program?

All of the machining courses in the two technical certificates described below are taught using Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining standards. Students completing both of the technical certificates will receive hands-on and classroom training in:

  • Manual machining
  • Basic and advanced Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) machining
  • Safety
  • Shop math
  • Precision measurement techniques
  • Print reading
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Engineering materials
  • 2D and 3D CAD drawing

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How Much Could I Earn?

Check the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Machinists and Tool and Die Makers to learn about job openings, pay and career outlook. See our career informational page for real-time jobs and career prospects.

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What Will It Cost?

The overall cost is determined by the number of enrolled hours. View the current Tuition costs. These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study.

A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is the basis for all types of financial aid awarded at Southwest, even scholarships, so go online to apply even if you do not believe that you are eligible for grant programs.

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How Long Will It Take?

Each of the two technical certificates [Machining Fundamentals and Advanced Machining] could take as little as one year (two semesters) to complete, depending upon the student's academic and professional background. Under some circumstances, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit may be given for documented skills and industry certifications.

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Contact Information

Macon Cove Campus
Fulton Building, Room 301
Phone: 901-333-4150

Coordinator: Alan Otts
Phone: 901-333-4983

Secretary: Bernice Neal

This program is part of the Department of Labor Grant Programs and Technologies Department.