Machining Technology

Machining Technology student working with the Haas CNC Mill machine.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 other entities in Memphis and the surrounding area, such as colleges, trade and vocational schools, high schools, and local businesses and industries. A recent report by the GMMDC indicated that there is an immediate need for over 100 skilled and trained machinists in the Memphis area. There is also very strong evidence that there will continue to be a need for machinists and other metal fabrication and finishing workers for many years to come.

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, along with other training topics such as safety, shop math, precision measurement techniques, print reading, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), engineering materials, 2D and 3D CAD drawing, and many others.

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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 (opens new window) to learn about job openings, pay and career outlook.

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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 as listed in the Southwest online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (opens new window) 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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