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Machining

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Precision Machining. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a machinist; with experience you can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer or engineer.

You’ll learn how to use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines, plus blueprint reading, basic CNC programming and machine processes. Employers who hire graduates from the Precision Machining program include aircraft, boat, and automobile manufacturers, industrial machinery firms, and machine shops.

Program Facts

Average annual income $44,163

Wage potential $60,694 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. The average annual wage in this field is $44,163, with an earning potential of about $60,694 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Although most program graduates work as machinists, with experience, graduates can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer, manager, engineer and machine and shop tools sales and service representative.

In addition, some graduates are self-employed. Around the country, most machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods, such as metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft, or motor vehicles.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • MACH 100Machine Lab Safety2 credits

    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.

    Prerequisite:
    Program enrollment.
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    The principles and techniques of measurement, cutting tool theory, saw operation, and manual engine lathe set-up. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators.

  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    The basics of tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 100
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    Students learn tool and drill grinding, Then set up and run conventional lathes for facing and turning operations and to perform basic machining skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced turning skills using taper attachments, single point threading, knurling, and boring heads.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 141
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 19
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    A continuation of the skill and knowledge gained in MACH 102. Topics covered will include the use of coolant and lubricants, saw use, continued shop math and general metal removal processes.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 102

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:10pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/8-3/26TTh 2:15p-4:25pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures, setup, and use of the surface grinder, including work holding, feeds and speeds, and maintenance.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:40p-2:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-1:10pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 131Blueprint Reading4 credits

    An introduction to blueprint reading, including vocabulary, views, dimensioning systems, orthographic projection, first and third angle projection, and sectional views.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF10:25a-12:40pJOHNSON JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26MWF 3:45p-6:15pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of the manual mill. Students will learn to tram in tables and vises, tool setup, and feeds and speeds to create projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:20p-3:35pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 8:00a-10:15aJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 23
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 8
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 132Blueprint Reading II4 credits

    A continuation of MACH 131, this course will introduce threaded hole specifications, auxiliary views, welding symbols, and geometric dimensioning and tolerances.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 131

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-1:10pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • MACH 152Advanced Manual Mill5 credits

    Students will expand their knowledge of workholding and creating assemblies using the manual mill.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 151

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:20p-3:35pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • MACH 161CAD for Machining4 credits

    This course is an introduction to part modeling and print creation using Solidworks. Students will learn to create 3D models from sketches, and 2D engineering drawings from the created models.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 2:15p-4:25pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 22
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 18
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining5 credits

    This course introduces students to the operation of CNC machines. Writing G-codes, operation of the HAAS CNC Lathe, and Centroid mill control will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:45p-6:15pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 162CAM for Machining5 credits

    An introduction to drawing and 2D toolpath creation for creating CNC machine programs using Mastercam.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 161
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of the slant-bed CNC lathe. Students will run Mastercam and Visual Quick Code generated toolpaths to create finished parts to print specifications using the HAAS SL-10 CNC lathe.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103; C or better in MACH 142
  • MACH 242Introduction to CNC Mill5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of vertical milling centers. Students will run Mastercam generated toolpaths to create finished parts to print specifications using the HAAS VF-1 and VF-3 milling machines.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103; C or better in MACH 152
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    This course introduces proper inspection procedures using principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing: datums, true position, flatness, and parallelism will be covered.

  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    The basics of tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 100
  • MACH 221Machine Fundamentals IV5 credits

    This lab course includes advanced instruction of turning, milling and grinding machines. Also gear cutting along with the selection and use of carbide cutting tools will be emphasized.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-11:00aHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • MACH 243CNC-CAD/CAM Programming & Operations10 credits

    Course focuses on advanced programming related to CNC, including macros and subroutines and computer-aided programming using the Master CAM programming system.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 8:00a-12:00pHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • MACH 245CNC Cam Programming & Operation B5 credits

    This course is a continuation of MACH 244. It covers creating lathe toolpaths in Mastercam.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 1:00p-2:45pHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • MACH 201Machine Technology III3 credits

    Covers precision measuring tools, metal cutting technology, carbide cutting tools, and advanced grinding operations. PREREQUISITE: MACH 103

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • MACH 222Machine Fundamentals V10 credits

    This lab course includes advanced instruction of turning, milling, and grinding machines. The selection and use of carbide cutting tools will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements of Machine Fundamentals IV.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • MACH 275Precision Machining Current Topics5 credits

    This course is an individual self pace study on Precision Machining Current Topics. Topic or Project is decided on by both instructor and student.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 23
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 14
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS134 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to operate machine shop equipment: lathes, mills, grinders, and drills
  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to read and interpret blueprints per industry standards
  • Successfully demonstrate their ability to process and plan a piece part through the lab until completion
  • Demonstrate competency in CNC machine tool operation and programming
  • Demonstrate competency in CAM design and manufacturing

Jacen Johnson - Instructor image

Jacen Johnson

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8406
jjohnson@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3

 


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8388
jhalfacre@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3-A

 

Background


Profile

Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

Jeff sta...
    • Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

      Jeff started his machining career as a CNC operator for JAMCO America in Everett. After six years at JAMCO, Jeff came to BTC as a student and is a proud graduate of the Precision Machining program. After earning his degree Jeff worked as a programmer/operator for custom door manufacturer Northstar Woodworks in Ferndale, and as a set-up machinist for ProCNC in Bellingham. Jeff is currently a contract Mastercam programmer/prototyper/consultant for acoustic guitar parts supplier Pacific Rim Tonewoods in Concrete.

      Jeff started at BTC in July, 2014.


Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Precision Machining. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a machinist; with experience you can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer or engineer.

You’ll learn how to use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines, plus blueprint reading, basic CNC programming and machine processes. Employers who hire graduates from the Precision Machining program include aircraft, boat, and automobile manufacturers, industrial machinery firms, and machine shops.

Program Facts

Average annual income $44,163

Wage potential $60,694 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. The average annual wage in this field is $44,163, with an earning potential of about $60,694 per year.*.

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Although most program graduates work as machinists, with experience, graduates can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer, manager, engineer and machine and shop tools sales and service representative.

In addition, some graduates are self-employed. Around the country, most machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods, such as metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft, or motor vehicles.

Courses

Filter courses by quarter 
Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

  • Quarter 1
  • MACH 100Machine Lab Safety2 credits

    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.

    Prerequisite:
    Program enrollment.
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    The principles and techniques of measurement, cutting tool theory, saw operation, and manual engine lathe set-up. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators.

  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    The basics of tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 100
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    Students learn tool and drill grinding, Then set up and run conventional lathes for facing and turning operations and to perform basic machining skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced turning skills using taper attachments, single point threading, knurling, and boring heads.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 141
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 22
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    A continuation of the skill and knowledge gained in MACH 102. Topics covered will include the use of coolant and lubricants, saw use, continued shop math and general metal removal processes.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 102

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:10pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/8-3/26TTh 2:15p-4:25pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures, setup, and use of the surface grinder, including work holding, feeds and speeds, and maintenance.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:40p-2:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-1:10pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 131Blueprint Reading4 credits

    An introduction to blueprint reading, including vocabulary, views, dimensioning systems, orthographic projection, first and third angle projection, and sectional views.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF10:25a-12:40pJOHNSON JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26MWF 3:45p-6:15pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of the manual mill. Students will learn to tram in tables and vises, tool setup, and feeds and speeds to create projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:20p-3:35pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 8:00a-10:15aJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 22
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 25
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 8
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 132Blueprint Reading II4 credits

    A continuation of MACH 131, this course will introduce threaded hole specifications, auxiliary views, welding symbols, and geometric dimensioning and tolerances.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 131

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-1:10pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • MACH 152Advanced Manual Mill5 credits

    Students will expand their knowledge of workholding and creating assemblies using the manual mill.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 151

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:20p-3:35pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • MACH 161CAD for Machining4 credits

    This course is an introduction to part modeling and print creation using Solidworks. Students will learn to create 3D models from sketches, and 2D engineering drawings from the created models.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 2:15p-4:25pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining5 credits

    This course introduces students to the operation of CNC machines. Writing G-codes, operation of the HAAS CNC Lathe, and Centroid mill control will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:45p-6:15pJOHNSON JOpenings: 23
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 22
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 18
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 162CAM for Machining5 credits

    An introduction to drawing and 2D toolpath creation for creating CNC machine programs using Mastercam.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 161
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of the slant-bed CNC lathe. Students will run Mastercam and Visual Quick Code generated toolpaths to create finished parts to print specifications using the HAAS SL-10 CNC lathe.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103; C or better in MACH 142
  • MACH 242Introduction to CNC Mill5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of vertical milling centers. Students will run Mastercam generated toolpaths to create finished parts to print specifications using the HAAS VF-1 and VF-3 milling machines.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 103; C or better in MACH 152
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    This course introduces proper inspection procedures using principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing: datums, true position, flatness, and parallelism will be covered.

  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 19
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will learn to use a personal computer and gain a basic understanding of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They will also become familiar with basic computer hardware components and internet usage. If you have little or no experience with computers consider taking BAS 020 COMPUTER BASICS prior to taking CAP 101. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/17TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 21
    1/7-3/26Online GERLICHER COpenings: 6
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 11
    4/7-6/11TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh10:00a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    The basics of tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 100
  • MACH 243CNC-CAD/CAM Programming & Operations10 credits

    Course focuses on advanced programming related to CNC, including macros and subroutines and computer-aided programming using the Master CAM programming system.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 8:00a-12:00pHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • MACH 245CNC Cam Programming & Operation B5 credits

    This course is a continuation of MACH 244. It covers creating lathe toolpaths in Mastercam.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 1:00p-2:45pHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • MACH 221Machine Fundamentals IV5 credits

    This lab course includes advanced instruction of turning, milling and grinding machines. Also gear cutting along with the selection and use of carbide cutting tools will be emphasized.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-11:00aHALFACRE JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • MACH 201Machine Technology III3 credits

    Covers precision measuring tools, metal cutting technology, carbide cutting tools, and advanced grinding operations. PREREQUISITE: MACH 103

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • MACH 222Machine Fundamentals V10 credits

    This lab course includes advanced instruction of turning, milling, and grinding machines. The selection and use of carbide cutting tools will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements of Machine Fundamentals IV.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • MACH 275Precision Machining Current Topics5 credits

    This course is an individual self pace study on Precision Machining Current Topics. Topic or Project is decided on by both instructor and student.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS129 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program typically accepts students twice per year.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to operate machine shop equipment: lathes, mills, grinders, and drills
  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to read and interpret blueprints per industry standards
  • Successfully demonstrate their ability to process and plan a piece part through the lab until completion
  • Demonstrate competency in CNC machine tool operation and programming
  • Demonstrate competency in CAM design and manufacturing

Jacen Johnson - Instructor image

Jacen Johnson

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8406
jjohnson@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3

 


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8388
jhalfacre@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3-A

 

Background


Profile

Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

Jeff sta...
    • Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

      Jeff started his machining career as a CNC operator for JAMCO America in Everett. After six years at JAMCO, Jeff came to BTC as a student and is a proud graduate of the Precision Machining program. After earning his degree Jeff worked as a programmer/operator for custom door manufacturer Northstar Woodworks in Ferndale, and as a set-up machinist for ProCNC in Bellingham. Jeff is currently a contract Mastercam programmer/prototyper/consultant for acoustic guitar parts supplier Pacific Rim Tonewoods in Concrete.

      Jeff started at BTC in July, 2014.


Principles of Precision Machining Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Precision Machining. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a machinist; with experience you can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer or engineer.

You’ll learn how to use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines, plus blueprint reading, basic CNC programming and machine processes. Employers who hire graduates from the Precision Machining program include aircraft, boat, and automobile manufacturers, industrial machinery firms, and machine shops.

Program Facts

Average annual income $44,163

Wage potential $60,694 annually

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Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. The average annual wage in this field is $44,163, with an earning potential of about $60,694 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Although most program graduates work as machinists, with experience, graduates can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer, manager, engineer and machine and shop tools sales and service representative.

In addition, some graduates are self-employed. Around the country, most machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods, such as metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft, or motor vehicles.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • MACH 100Machine Lab Safety2 credits

    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.

    Prerequisite:
    Program enrollment.
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    The principles and techniques of measurement, cutting tool theory, saw operation, and manual engine lathe set-up. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators.

  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    The basics of tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 100
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    Students learn tool and drill grinding, Then set up and run conventional lathes for facing and turning operations and to perform basic machining skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the concepts introduced in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced turning skills using taper attachments, single point threading, knurling, and boring heads.

    Prerequisite:
    Coenrollment in MACH 141
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 22
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    A continuation of the skill and knowledge gained in MACH 102. Topics covered will include the use of coolant and lubricants, saw use, continued shop math and general metal removal processes.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 102

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:10pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/8-3/26TTh 2:15p-4:25pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures, setup, and use of the surface grinder, including work holding, feeds and speeds, and maintenance.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:40p-2:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-1:10pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 131Blueprint Reading4 credits

    An introduction to blueprint reading, including vocabulary, views, dimensioning systems, orthographic projection, first and third angle projection, and sectional views.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF10:25a-12:40pJOHNSON JOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26MWF 3:45p-6:15pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of the manual mill. Students will learn to tram in tables and vises, tool setup, and feeds and speeds to create projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in MACH 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:20p-3:35pHALFACRE JOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 8:00a-10:15aJOHNSON JOpenings: 15
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 22
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 25
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 8
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS45 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This is not a stand-alone certificate, students must meet all program level entry requirements.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS and AAS-T degrees. Please see the AAS and AAS-T Entry Pages for those requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to operate machine shop equipment: lathes, mills, grinders, and drills
  • Demonstrate competency in their ability to read and interpret blueprints per industry standards
  • Successfully demonstrate their ability to process and plan a piece part through the lab until completion
  • Demonstrate competency in CNC machine tool operation and programming
  • Demonstrate competency in CAM design and manufacturing

Jacen Johnson - Instructor image

Jacen Johnson

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8406
jjohnson@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3

 


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

 

Area of Instruction


Precision Machining

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Precision Machining, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8388
jhalfacre@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B3-A

 

Background


Profile

Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

Jeff sta...
    • Jeff has ten years experience as a machinist in a wide range of specialties, from aerospace to musical instrument manufacturing.

      Jeff started his machining career as a CNC operator for JAMCO America in Everett. After six years at JAMCO, Jeff came to BTC as a student and is a proud graduate of the Precision Machining program. After earning his degree Jeff worked as a programmer/operator for custom door manufacturer Northstar Woodworks in Ferndale, and as a set-up machinist for ProCNC in Bellingham. Jeff is currently a contract Mastercam programmer/prototyper/consultant for acoustic guitar parts supplier Pacific Rim Tonewoods in Concrete.

      Jeff started at BTC in July, 2014.