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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

88% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual income $40,206

Wage potential $55,619 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. About 88 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $40,206, with an earning potential of about $55,619 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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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

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh12:00p-12:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 4:10p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    Introductory course covering the use of precision measuring tools. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy.

    Prerequisite:
    program enrollment

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:00pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:10p-4:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining. It will cover tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook. Calculating proper speeds and feeds will be a point of emphasis. Work Ready Skills, employer attendance policies, effective communications techniques, effective time management, and assessing Work Ready Competency will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-1:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF 3:50p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    An introductory course emphasizing the proper set up and use of conventional engine lathes. Students will learn to identify the essential parts of an engine lathe and their functions. This will include gear setting to achieve desired speeds and feeds on a variety of different lathes. Work holding and the use of the 3-jaw chuck will be covered. Lathe operations to be introduced will be facing, O.D. turning, grooving, parting-off and drilling. Students will create their own cutting tools by grinding correct geometry on HSS tool blanks.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:00a-10:15aHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF11:30a-1:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    In this introductory course, students will learn the name and uses of the various parts of a vertical knee mill. The proper use of a mill will be covered including speed and feed adjustment, work holding and the 3-axis coordinate system. Operations to be performed will be tramming in a table, squaring a vise, tool setting, edge finding, facing, end mill use, drilling, and tapping. All skills will be used to produce class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-11:20aHALFACRE JOpenings: 11
    9/22-12/10TTh11:40a-3:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 19
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus 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
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 3
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:10p-3:30pPENG AOpenings: 15
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    Building on the principals gained from MACH 102, the student will continue to develop the use of more complex machining-centered math skills. Machining topics covered will include roughing and finishing passes, depths of cut, coolant and lubricants, and the use of the auto feed band saw.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures for setup and use of the surface grinder. This will include work holding, proper feeds and speeds, and machine maintenance. The student will use the Kent SGS-1230AHD to grind projects created in class to desired dimensions and finishes.

    Prerequisite:
    taken concurrent with MACH 151
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the skills achieved in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced lathe operations including turning a taper, single point threading, knurling, and boring. All skills will be demonstrated by completing class projects to specified dimensions and tolerances.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 141
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 OR C grade or better in MATH 090 OR ABE 050; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade or better in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 8
  • 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
    9/22-12/8T 5:30p-7:40pHOFFMAN COpenings: 21
    9/28-12/7M10:10a-11:30aHATCH LOpenings: 1
    9/28-12/7M 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 11
    9/22-12/11Online WELCHER ROpenings: 13
    9/22-12/11Online WELCHER ROpenings: 21
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 152Advanced Manual Mill5 credits

    In this advanced course students will use the skills gained in MACH 151 in conjunction with the introduction of Centroid conversational programming. Students will create complex tool paths using the Centroid CNC controller. Operations performed will include framing, pockets, bolt-hole circles and arrays. These skills will be display by the completion of class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 151
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining5 credits

    This introductory course covers the principles of CNC machines. The advantages of the CNC machine in production, and the process differences between manual and CNC operations will be discussed. Students will read, write, and trouble shoot G-Code programs. The understanding of G-Code will be demonstrated by producing parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aOEKERMAN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN COpenings: 6
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pOEKERMAN COpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 24
    9/22-12/11Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/22-12/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 12
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 261Introduction to CAD/CAM for Machining4 credits

    An introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing, this course will combine the CAD skills gained in ENGR 180 with a variety of CAM programs, to include MasterCam and SolidCam. The use of CAD/CAM geometry to produce toolpaths will be the focus. Navigating the different CAD/CAM softwares, students will create NC programs to be used in future machining classes.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:30a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 14
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:50pSTAFFOpenings: 17
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Operation and setup of a HAAS SL-10 CNC lathe will be the focus of this course. Students will run CAM and Visual Quick Code generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include loading CAM programs, setting origins, loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC lathe operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103,MACH 142

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:55p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 18
  • MACH 251Introduction to CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of HAAS VF-1 and VF-3 vertical milling centers. Students will run CAM generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include loading CAM programs, setting origins with a probe, loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Custom work holdings will be created and used for contoured parts. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC mill operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 and MACH 152

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 17
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    An introduction to part inspection using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. GD&T symbols, feature control frames, datums, and Form, Orientation, Location, and Runout tolerances will be covered. Skills will be reinforced with project inspections. Students will demonstrate competencies by inspecting machined parts using granite surface plates, micrometers, height gages, indicators and leveling plates.


    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh12:50p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:00p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 16
  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 263Intermediate CAD/CAM for Machining4 credits

    Drawing from the foundation built in MACH 162, students will use Mastercam and SolidCam to create 3D toolpaths from imported Solidworks models. Students will proof programs on simulators and generate G-Code. Programs created will be executed in MACH 272. Students will be assessed on the completion of course assignments.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 162 and MACH 171

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:50pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • QA 115Intermediate Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    Expands upon the processes and concepts learned in QA 110. Delves further into geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and introduces Verisurf inspection software. Part inspections utilizing the MicroScribe measuring arm in conjunction with Verisurf software will be introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    QA 110

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:00p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • MACH 252Advanced CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    Students will build on skills obtained in MACH 251. The focus will be placed on the setup and operation of 4 and 5-axis HAAS mills as well as the 5-axis DMS router. Tasks will include tool loading and clearance checks, work holding, program loading, and program alterations. Projects for this course will include complex geometry and contours. Projects for the DMS router will include composites. Proficiencies will be demonstrated with the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 251

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • MACH 272Intermediate CNC Machining6 credits

    This lab intensive course will combine and apply skills gained from the completion of MACH 263, MACH 241, and MACH 251. Set up of the CNC lathes and mills will replicate industry applications. Parts will be produced in quantities to simulate production runs. Students will be accessed on the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 171

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:50p-5:20pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C grade or better in ENGL 092. Basic computer literacy skills are

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh10:30a-12:40pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 1
  • Quarter 6
  • QA 120Advanced Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    A continuation of QA 115. Students will create First Article Inspection sheets and in process inspection plans for parts to be machined. Students will practice more complex part inspections utilizing the MicroScribe measuring arm and Verisurf software.

    Prerequisite:
    QA 115
  • MACH 242Advanced CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Students will operate the Mazak i-150 Integrex mill turn. Programming will be performed with the Mazatrol controller. Multi-axis CAM programs will be uploaded and run as EIA programs. Students will load and edit tools, set WPC’s and execute multiple programs. Competencies will be demonstrated with the completion of projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 241
  • MACH 273Advanced CNC Machining6 credits

    A combination of skills acquired from the completion of MACH 264, MACH 242, and MACH 252 will be applied in this lab centered course with an emphasis on multi-axis machining. Students will create complex parts in an industry like setting, resulting in multiple part productions. The student will be assessed on the execution of produced parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 272
  • MATH& 142 *Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aPENG AOpenings: 23
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS134 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program typically admits students once a year in the Fall quarter.

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.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.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

88% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual income $40,206

Wage potential $55,619 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. About 88 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $40,206, with an earning potential of about $55,619 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

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh12:00p-12:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 4:10p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    Introductory course covering the use of precision measuring tools. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy.

    Prerequisite:
    program enrollment

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:00pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:10p-4:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining. It will cover tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook. Calculating proper speeds and feeds will be a point of emphasis. Work Ready Skills, employer attendance policies, effective communications techniques, effective time management, and assessing Work Ready Competency will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-1:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF 3:50p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    An introductory course emphasizing the proper set up and use of conventional engine lathes. Students will learn to identify the essential parts of an engine lathe and their functions. This will include gear setting to achieve desired speeds and feeds on a variety of different lathes. Work holding and the use of the 3-jaw chuck will be covered. Lathe operations to be introduced will be facing, O.D. turning, grooving, parting-off and drilling. Students will create their own cutting tools by grinding correct geometry on HSS tool blanks.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:00a-10:15aHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF11:30a-1:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    In this introductory course, students will learn the name and uses of the various parts of a vertical knee mill. The proper use of a mill will be covered including speed and feed adjustment, work holding and the 3-axis coordinate system. Operations to be performed will be tramming in a table, squaring a vise, tool setting, edge finding, facing, end mill use, drilling, and tapping. All skills will be used to produce class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-11:20aHALFACRE JOpenings: 11
    9/22-12/10TTh11:40a-3:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 19
  • 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
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:30a-9:50aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:10p-3:30pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 15
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-1:50pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 19
    9/22-12/11Online ADAMS JOpenings: 10
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    Building on the principals gained from MACH 102, the student will continue to develop the use of more complex machining-centered math skills. Machining topics covered will include roughing and finishing passes, depths of cut, coolant and lubricants, and the use of the auto feed band saw.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures for setup and use of the surface grinder. This will include work holding, proper feeds and speeds, and machine maintenance. The student will use the Kent SGS-1230AHD to grind projects created in class to desired dimensions and finishes.

    Prerequisite:
    taken concurrent with MACH 151
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the skills achieved in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced lathe operations including turning a taper, single point threading, knurling, and boring. All skills will be demonstrated by completing class projects to specified dimensions and tolerances.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 141
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 OR C grade or better in MATH 090 OR ABE 050; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade or better in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 8
  • 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
    9/22-12/8T 1:10p-3:20pBURNS JOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/9MW 8:30a-9:50aWISE JWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/9MW 8:30a-9:50aWELCHER ROpenings: 5
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pHATCH LOpenings: 13
    9/22-12/11Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 152Advanced Manual Mill5 credits

    In this advanced course students will use the skills gained in MACH 151 in conjunction with the introduction of Centroid conversational programming. Students will create complex tool paths using the Centroid CNC controller. Operations performed will include framing, pockets, bolt-hole circles and arrays. These skills will be display by the completion of class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 151
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining5 credits

    This introductory course covers the principles of CNC machines. The advantages of the CNC machine in production, and the process differences between manual and CNC operations will be discussed. Students will read, write, and trouble shoot G-Code programs. The understanding of G-Code will be demonstrated by producing parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aOEKERMAN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN COpenings: 6
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pOEKERMAN COpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 24
    9/22-12/11Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/22-12/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 12
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 261Introduction to CAD/CAM for Machining4 credits

    An introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing, this course will combine the CAD skills gained in ENGR 180 with a variety of CAM programs, to include MasterCam and SolidCam. The use of CAD/CAM geometry to produce toolpaths will be the focus. Navigating the different CAD/CAM softwares, students will create NC programs to be used in future machining classes.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:30a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 14
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:50pSTAFFOpenings: 17
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Operation and setup of a HAAS SL-10 CNC lathe will be the focus of this course. Students will run CAM and Visual Quick Code generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include loading CAM programs, setting origins, loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC lathe operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103,MACH 142

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:55p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 18
  • MACH 251Introduction to CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    This course covers the setup and operation of HAAS VF-1 and VF-3 vertical milling centers. Students will run CAM generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include loading CAM programs, setting origins with a probe, loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Custom work holdings will be created and used for contoured parts. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC mill operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 and MACH 152

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 9:00a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 17
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    An introduction to part inspection using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. GD&T symbols, feature control frames, datums, and Form, Orientation, Location, and Runout tolerances will be covered. Skills will be reinforced with project inspections. Students will demonstrate competencies by inspecting machined parts using granite surface plates, micrometers, height gages, indicators and leveling plates.


    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh12:50p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:00p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 16
  • 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
    9/22-12/1TTh 2:30p-5:30pBABIN COpenings: 18
    9/22-12/1TTh10:30a-1:30pBABIN COpenings: 7
    9/22-12/11Online GERLICHER COpenings: 7
  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 263Intermediate CAD/CAM for Machining4 credits

    Drawing from the foundation built in MACH 162, students will use Mastercam and SolidCam to create 3D toolpaths from imported Solidworks models. Students will proof programs on simulators and generate G-Code. Programs created will be executed in MACH 272. Students will be assessed on the completion of course assignments.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 162 and MACH 171

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:50pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • QA 115Intermediate Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    Expands upon the processes and concepts learned in QA 110. Delves further into geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and introduces Verisurf inspection software. Part inspections utilizing the MicroScribe measuring arm in conjunction with Verisurf software will be introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    QA 110

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:00p-5:10pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • MACH 252Advanced CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    Students will build on skills obtained in MACH 251. The focus will be placed on the setup and operation of 4 and 5-axis HAAS mills as well as the 5-axis DMS router. Tasks will include tool loading and clearance checks, work holding, program loading, and program alterations. Projects for this course will include complex geometry and contours. Projects for the DMS router will include composites. Proficiencies will be demonstrated with the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 251

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • MACH 272Intermediate CNC Machining6 credits

    This lab intensive course will combine and apply skills gained from the completion of MACH 263, MACH 241, and MACH 251. Set up of the CNC lathes and mills will replicate industry applications. Parts will be produced in quantities to simulate production runs. Students will be accessed on the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 171

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:50p-5:20pSTAFFOpenings: 21
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or C grade or better in Math 098; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or C grade or better in ENGL 092. Basic computer literacy skills are

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh10:30a-12:40pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 1
  • Quarter 6
  • QA 120Advanced Quality Assurance for Machining4 credits

    A continuation of QA 115. Students will create First Article Inspection sheets and in process inspection plans for parts to be machined. Students will practice more complex part inspections utilizing the MicroScribe measuring arm and Verisurf software.

    Prerequisite:
    QA 115
  • MACH 242Advanced CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Students will operate the Mazak i-150 Integrex mill turn. Programming will be performed with the Mazatrol controller. Multi-axis CAM programs will be uploaded and run as EIA programs. Students will load and edit tools, set WPC’s and execute multiple programs. Competencies will be demonstrated with the completion of projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 241
  • MACH 273Advanced CNC Machining6 credits

    A combination of skills acquired from the completion of MACH 264, MACH 242, and MACH 252 will be applied in this lab centered course with an emphasis on multi-axis machining. Students will create complex parts in an industry like setting, resulting in multiple part productions. The student will be assessed on the execution of produced parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 272
  • 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.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS130 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program typically admits students once a year in the Fall quarter.

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

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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.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.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

88% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual income $40,206

Wage potential $55,619 annually

Employment and wage data sources


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. About 88 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $40,206, with an earning potential of about $55,619 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

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh12:00p-12:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 4:10p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 101Introduction to Measuring & Inspection2 credits

    Introductory course covering the use of precision measuring tools. Students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy.

    Prerequisite:
    program enrollment

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-2:00pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/22-12/10TTh 3:10p-4:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 102Introduction to Machining3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining. It will cover tool geometry, basic machining math, and the proper use of the machinery's handbook. Calculating proper speeds and feeds will be a point of emphasis. Work Ready Skills, employer attendance policies, effective communications techniques, effective time management, and assessing Work Ready Competency will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-1:50pHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF 3:50p-5:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 141Introduction to Manual Lathe5 credits

    An introductory course emphasizing the proper set up and use of conventional engine lathes. Students will learn to identify the essential parts of an engine lathe and their functions. This will include gear setting to achieve desired speeds and feeds on a variety of different lathes. Work holding and the use of the 3-jaw chuck will be covered. Lathe operations to be introduced will be facing, O.D. turning, grooving, parting-off and drilling. Students will create their own cutting tools by grinding correct geometry on HSS tool blanks.

    Prerequisite:
    Mach 100

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:00a-10:15aHALFACRE JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF11:30a-1:50pJOHNSON JOpenings: 17
  • MACH 151Introduction to Manual Mill5 credits

    In this introductory course, students will learn the name and uses of the various parts of a vertical knee mill. The proper use of a mill will be covered including speed and feed adjustment, work holding and the 3-axis coordinate system. Operations to be performed will be tramming in a table, squaring a vise, tool setting, edge finding, facing, end mill use, drilling, and tapping. All skills will be used to produce class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 100

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-11:20aHALFACRE JOpenings: 11
    9/22-12/10TTh11:40a-3:00pJOHNSON JOpenings: 19
  • 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
    9/23-12/11MWF 8:30a-9:50aWHITMORE DOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11MWF 2:10p-3:30pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 15
    9/23-12/11MWF12:30p-1:50pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 19
    9/22-12/11Online ADAMS JOpenings: 10
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 103Machine Fundamentals4 credits

    Building on the principals gained from MACH 102, the student will continue to develop the use of more complex machining-centered math skills. Machining topics covered will include roughing and finishing passes, depths of cut, coolant and lubricants, and the use of the auto feed band saw.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102
  • MACH 121Precision Grinding5 credits

    This course covers the proper procedures for setup and use of the surface grinder. This will include work holding, proper feeds and speeds, and machine maintenance. The student will use the Kent SGS-1230AHD to grind projects created in class to desired dimensions and finishes.

    Prerequisite:
    taken concurrent with MACH 151
  • MACH 142Advanced Manual Lathe5 credits

    A continuation of the skills achieved in MACH 141. Students learn more advanced lathe operations including turning a taper, single point threading, knurling, and boring. All skills will be demonstrated by completing class projects to specified dimensions and tolerances.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 141
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 OR C grade or better in MATH 090 OR ABE 050; Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or C grade or better in RDG 085; and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade or better in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/10TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 8
  • 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
    9/22-12/8T 1:10p-3:20pBURNS JOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/9MW 8:30a-9:50aWISE JWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/9MW 8:30a-9:50aWELCHER ROpenings: 5
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pHATCH LOpenings: 13
    9/22-12/11Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 152Advanced Manual Mill5 credits

    In this advanced course students will use the skills gained in MACH 151 in conjunction with the introduction of Centroid conversational programming. Students will create complex tool paths using the Centroid CNC controller. Operations performed will include framing, pockets, bolt-hole circles and arrays. These skills will be display by the completion of class projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 151
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining5 credits

    This introductory course covers the principles of CNC machines. The advantages of the CNC machine in production, and the process differences between manual and CNC operations will be discussed. Students will read, write, and trouble shoot G-Code programs. The understanding of G-Code will be demonstrated by producing parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 credits

    This course is an introduction to 3D CAD (computer aided design) with an emphasis on parametric solid modeling applications and usage. Topics include methods for creating solid model components, joining components to form assemblies, and generation of 2D manufacturing drawings from 3D solid models.

    Prerequisite:
    C or better in ENGR 115

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 12
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9W11:35a-12:25pDAVISHAHL JWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/22-12/10TTh 8:00a-10:10aOEKERMAN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/11MWF10:10a-11:30aOEKERMAN COpenings: 6
    9/23-12/9MW 2:10p-3:30pOEKERMAN COpenings: 16
    9/22-12/10TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 24
    9/22-12/11Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/22-12/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 12
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS68 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

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.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.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.