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Degrees & Classes

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.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,066 starting annual wage

$54,954 average annual wage

$85,051 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. About 90 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $54,954, with an earning potential of about $85,051 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

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 8:30a-9:30a
    9/19-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 1:10p-2:10p
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 9:40a-10:40a
    9/19-12/8TTh12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 2:20p-3:20p
  • 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 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aPENG AOpenings: 12
    7/5-8/11Online PENG AOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/20-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 15
  • MACH 101Machine Shop Fundamentals I3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining, covering general shop safety, the use of precision measuring tools and blueprint reading. Students will learn proper and safe use of shop equipment and space. In addition, students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, gage pins and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy. Blueprint reading will be a point of emphasis, covering terms, dimensioning, title blocks, views, and more.

    Prerequisite:
    Program Admission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:30a-11:50aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
    9/20-12/8MWF10:30a-11:20aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
  • Quarter 2
  • 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
    7/5-8/11Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/5T 5:30p-7:40pNELSON NOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 23
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 25
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 21
  • MACH 102Machine Shop Fundamentals II3 credits

    Continuing on the trajectory set by MACH 101 students will expand their skills of measuring. The introduction of measuring over the wire, thread micrometer, pitch gage, and bore various bore gages will be introduced. Students will use indirect measuring and continue to develop skills gained in MACH 101. Shop math will be a point of emphasis, converting fractions, geometry, and trigonometry. These skills will be put to use as the student expands on their blueprint reading skills. The student will solve for unknown dimensions, and increase their overall knowledge of blueprints, to include feature call-outs complex views, thread specifications, and more complex information.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 101 with a C or better.
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 103Machine Shop Fundamentals III3 credits

    The third course in the Machine Shop Fundamentals series, covers the principles of heat treating and precision grinding. The student will be exposed to the concepts of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerancing through blueprints. Students will measure and calculate dimensions of precision ground parts to verify they are to print.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102 with a C or better.
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining6 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 with a C or better
  • 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:
    (ENGR 115 with a C or better) or (MACH 102 with a C or better)

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communication5 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSMITH MOpenings: 22
    7/5-8/10MTWTh12:30p-2:50pSMITH MOpenings: 21
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 1
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 25
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 26
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 20
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 19
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Operation and setup of CNC lathes will be the focus of this course. Students will run CAM 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 and MACH 142 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW 8:30a-11:30aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F 8:00a-9:00a
    9/19-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F 9:10a-10:10a
  • MACH 251Introduction to CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    Course Description: This course covers the setup and operation of Centroid bed mills and HAAS vertical milling centers. Students will run CAM generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include conversational Centroid programming, loading CAM programs, setting origins with edge-finders and probes, selecting and loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC mill operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 and MACH 152 with a C or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW12:30p-3:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F10:20a-11:20a
    9/19-12/8TTh12:30p-3:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F11:30a-12:30p
  • MACH 261Introduction to CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    An introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing, This course combines the CAD skills gained in ENGR 180 with MasterCam CAD/CAM software. Students use CAD/CAM software to create geometry and produce toolpaths for CNC lathes.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180 with a C or better

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:30a-10:10aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-10:10aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining3 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6MW10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
  • 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 Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/19-12/7TTh10:30a-12:40pDAVISHAHL JOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 242Advanced CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Students will operate the Mazatrol to program parts for the Mazak lathe. Students will load and edit tools, set work offsets, and execute programs. Competencies will be demonstrated with the completion of projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 241 with a C or better
  • 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 HAAS mills and 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. Proficiencies will be demonstrated with the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 251 with a C or better
  • MACH 263Intermediate CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    Students will use Mastercam to create geometry and 2.5D toolpaths to run on CNC Mills. High Speed Toolpaths, Work Coordinate Systems, and Feature Based Machining will be explored.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 261 and MACH 171 with a C or better
  • QA 115Intermediate Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
  • Quarter 6
  • MACH 264Advanced CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    A continuation of MACH 263, Students will use a variety of 3D surfacing strategies in Mastercam to create programs for more complex part shapes. 4th and 5th axis programming will also be introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 263 with a C or better
  • MACH 273Advanced CNC Machining6 credits

    A combination of skills acquired from the completion of MACH 242, MACH 252, QA 115 and MACH 263 will be applied in this lab-centered course. Each student will design, program, and manufacture an assembly of machined parts.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 263 and QA 115 and MACH 242 and MACH 252 with a C or better.
  • QA 120Advanced Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
  • 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
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 18
    9/20-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 18
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS109 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 75 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


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-A


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

Area of Instruction


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

Machining Programs

If you’re interested in working with your hands to turn designs into the parts and products that make the world work, then a career in machining could be for you. Bellingham Technical College’s Machining program will give you training for top jobs in aerospace, manufacturing, fabricating, and CNC custom shops. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a machinist; with experience you can advance to journey-level machining, tool programming, CNC operating, or engineering.

Bellingham Technical College’s labs will train you for your career with high-tech machining equipment. In your classes, you’ll learn how to use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines, in addition to blueprint reading, basic CNC programming and machine processes. Employers who hire graduates from BTC’s Machining program include aircraft, boat, and automobile manufacturers, industrial machinery firms, and machine shops.

Machining associate degrees and certificates

AAS Associate Degree: Take six quarters of classes and training and graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in machining, ready to start your career in aerospace, manufacturing, and more.

AAS-T Transfer Degree: Take six quarters of classes and training. Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in machining and start your career, or transfer your courses to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Principles of Machining and CNC Operation Certificate: Take three quarters of classes for this machining certificate program, which includes training in math, machining, precision work, CNC programming, and engineering.

Quality Assurance Certificate: Add this 22-credit certificate to your associate degree in machining for quality assurance training that adds sought after skills for manufacturing jobs.

Machining Jobs & Employment Outlook

Employment of machinists and CNC operators is expected to increase in the coming years, and about 88 percent of BTC’s Machining program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in the machining field is $46,176, with an earning potential of about $74,922 per year.

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 or sales and service representative for tools and machine shops.

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.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,066 starting annual wage

$54,954 average annual wage

$85,051 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. About 90 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $54,954, with an earning potential of about $85,051 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

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • MACH 101Machine Shop Fundamentals I3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining, covering general shop safety, the use of precision measuring tools and blueprint reading. Students will learn proper and safe use of shop equipment and space. In addition, students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, gage pins and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy. Blueprint reading will be a point of emphasis, covering terms, dimensioning, title blocks, views, and more.

    Prerequisite:
    Program Admission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:30a-11:50aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
    9/20-12/8MWF10:30a-11:20aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 8:30a-9:30a
    9/19-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 1:10p-2:10p
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 9:40a-10:40a
    9/19-12/8TTh12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 2:20p-3:20p
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 25
    7/5-8/11Online HEGEBERG LOpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 19
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 3
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 102Machine Shop Fundamentals II3 credits

    Continuing on the trajectory set by MACH 101 students will expand their skills of measuring. The introduction of measuring over the wire, thread micrometer, pitch gage, and bore various bore gages will be introduced. Students will use indirect measuring and continue to develop skills gained in MACH 101. Shop math will be a point of emphasis, converting fractions, geometry, and trigonometry. These skills will be put to use as the student expands on their blueprint reading skills. The student will solve for unknown dimensions, and increase their overall knowledge of blueprints, to include feature call-outs complex views, thread specifications, and more complex information.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 101 with a C or better.
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aHATCH LOpenings: 23
    7/5-8/11Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 15
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 24
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 23
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 103Machine Shop Fundamentals III3 credits

    The third course in the Machine Shop Fundamentals series, covers the principles of heat treating and precision grinding. The student will be exposed to the concepts of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerancing through blueprints. Students will measure and calculate dimensions of precision ground parts to verify they are to print.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102 with a C or better.
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining6 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 with a C or better
  • 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:
    (ENGR 115 with a C or better) or (MACH 102 with a C or better)

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 24
  • 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSMITH MOpenings: 22
    7/5-8/10MTWTh12:30p-2:50pSMITH MOpenings: 21
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 1
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 25
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 26
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 20
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 19
  • Quarter 4
  • MACH 241Introduction to CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Operation and setup of CNC lathes will be the focus of this course. Students will run CAM 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 and MACH 142 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW 8:30a-11:30aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F 8:00a-9:00a
    9/19-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F 9:10a-10:10a
  • MACH 251Introduction to CNC Mill Operation5 credits

    Course Description: This course covers the setup and operation of Centroid bed mills and HAAS vertical milling centers. Students will run CAM generated toolpaths. Skills acquired in this course include conversational Centroid programming, loading CAM programs, setting origins with edge-finders and probes, selecting and loading tools, and setting and altering tool offsets. Students will demonstrate proficiencies in CNC mill operations by producing multiple parts to print specifications

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 and MACH 152 with a C or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW12:30p-3:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F10:20a-11:20a
    9/19-12/8TTh12:30p-3:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
     F11:30a-12:30p
  • MACH 261Introduction to CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    An introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing, This course combines the CAD skills gained in ENGR 180 with MasterCam CAD/CAM software. Students use CAD/CAM software to create geometry and produce toolpaths for CNC lathes.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGR 180 with a C or better

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:30a-10:10aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-10:10aHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining3 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6MW10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
  • Quarter 5
  • MACH 242Advanced CNC Lathe Operation5 credits

    Students will operate the Mazatrol to program parts for the Mazak lathe. Students will load and edit tools, set work offsets, and execute programs. Competencies will be demonstrated with the completion of projects to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 241 with a C or better
  • 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 HAAS mills and 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. Proficiencies will be demonstrated with the production of parts to print specifications.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 251 with a C or better
  • MACH 263Intermediate CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    Students will use Mastercam to create geometry and 2.5D toolpaths to run on CNC Mills. High Speed Toolpaths, Work Coordinate Systems, and Feature Based Machining will be explored.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 261 and MACH 171 with a C or better
  • QA 115Intermediate Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
  • Quarter 6
  • MACH 264Advanced CAD/CAM for Machining3 credits

    A continuation of MACH 263, Students will use a variety of 3D surfacing strategies in Mastercam to create programs for more complex part shapes. 4th and 5th axis programming will also be introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 263 with a C or better
  • MACH 273Advanced CNC Machining6 credits

    A combination of skills acquired from the completion of MACH 242, MACH 252, QA 115 and MACH 263 will be applied in this lab-centered course. Each student will design, program, and manufacture an assembly of machined parts.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 263 and QA 115 and MACH 242 and MACH 252 with a C or better.
  • QA 120Advanced Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99 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 38 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


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-A


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

Area of Instruction


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 Machining and CNC Operation 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.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,066 starting annual wage

$54,954 average annual wage

$85,051 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

Employment of machinists is expected to increase and employment of CNC operators is expected to increase. About 90 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $54,954, with an earning potential of about $85,051 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

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • MACH 101Machine Shop Fundamentals I3 credits

    This course provides the student with the foundation for success in machining, covering general shop safety, the use of precision measuring tools and blueprint reading. Students will learn proper and safe use of shop equipment and space. In addition, students learn to use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, height gages, calipers, gage blocks, gage pins and indicators. Students will read and interpret measurements, and choose the appropriate measuring tool for the required degree of accuracy. Blueprint reading will be a point of emphasis, covering terms, dimensioning, title blocks, views, and more.

    Prerequisite:
    Program Admission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:30a-11:50aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
    9/20-12/8MWF10:30a-11:20aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 8:30a-9:30a
    9/19-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 1:10p-2:10p
  • 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 with a "C" or better

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MW12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 9
     F 9:40a-10:40a
    9/19-12/8TTh12:30p-3:30pJOHNSON JOpenings: 11
     F 2:20p-3:20p
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 25
    7/5-8/11Online HEGEBERG LOpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 19
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 3
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 2
  • MACH 102Machine Shop Fundamentals II3 credits

    Continuing on the trajectory set by MACH 101 students will expand their skills of measuring. The introduction of measuring over the wire, thread micrometer, pitch gage, and bore various bore gages will be introduced. Students will use indirect measuring and continue to develop skills gained in MACH 101. Shop math will be a point of emphasis, converting fractions, geometry, and trigonometry. These skills will be put to use as the student expands on their blueprint reading skills. The student will solve for unknown dimensions, and increase their overall knowledge of blueprints, to include feature call-outs complex views, thread specifications, and more complex information.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 101 with a C or better.
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • 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 with a "C" or better
  • 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aHATCH LOpenings: 23
    7/5-8/11Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 15
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 24
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 23
  • Quarter 3
  • MACH 103Machine Shop Fundamentals III3 credits

    The third course in the Machine Shop Fundamentals series, covers the principles of heat treating and precision grinding. The student will be exposed to the concepts of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerancing through blueprints. Students will measure and calculate dimensions of precision ground parts to verify they are to print.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 102 with a C or better.
  • MACH 171Introduction to CNC Machining6 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 with a C or better
  • 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:
    (ENGR 115 with a C or better) or (MACH 102 with a C or better)

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aREISS JOpenings: 24
  • 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSMITH MOpenings: 22
    7/5-8/10MTWTh12:30p-2:50pSMITH MOpenings: 21
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 1
    7/5-8/11Online BURNS JOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 25
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 26
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 20
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 19
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS55 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


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-A


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

Area of Instruction


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.


Quality Assurance of 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.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,066 starting annual wage

$54,954 average annual wage

$85,051 potential annual wage

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 $54,954, with an earning potential of about $85,051 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

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • *NOTE: this is an embedded certificate - not stand alone enrollment

  • Required Courses for Program
  • QA 110Introduction to Quality Assurance for Machining3 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.

    Prerequisite:
    MACH 103 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6MW10:20a-12:30pHALFACRE JOpenings: 12
  • QA 115Intermediate Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
  • QA 120Advanced Quality Assurance for Machining3 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 with a C or better
  • 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
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aHATCH LOpenings: 23
    7/5-8/11Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 15
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 24
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 23
  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/10MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 25
    7/5-8/11Online HEGEBERG LOpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 19
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 3
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    9/19-12/8Online STAFFOpenings: 23
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS19 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-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 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

  • Certificate graduates will apply their new skill set to ensure that a manufactured part complies with its blueprint specifications
  • The student will perform precision measurements utilizing various instruments and provide statistical documentation of specific parts.
  • Students will be able to provide feedback and make informed decisions in order to improve the manufacturing process.

Jacen Johnson - Instructor image

Jacen Johnson

Area of Instruction


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-A


Jeffrey Halfacre - Instructor image

Jeffrey Halfacre

Area of Instruction


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.