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Certificate: Mechanical Technology with a major in Machine Tool Operations
Three-semester (one-year) program or optional five-semester (two-year) night program

The rapid growth of industry in southwest Virginia has created demand for skilled metal-working machine tool operators to set up and operate conventional and numerically controlled lathes, milling machines, grinders, drills, heat-treating equipment and related precision measuring tools. There is a need for trained personnel to meet these requirements. The curriculum is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the program, and/or to continue in the A.A.S. Degree in Machine Technology.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Metal Working Machine Tool Operator
  • Machinist Apprentice
  • Tool and Die Maker Apprentice
  • Machine Set-Up Person  

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Machine Tool Operations program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Program Requirements:

The Machine Tool Operations program is designed to provide about one-third of its requirements in general education with the remainder in Machine Shop and technical support courses.  Upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum, the graduate will receive a Certificate in Mechanical Technology with a major in Machine Tool Operations. 

 The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.   

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
DRF 111 Technical Drafting I 1 3 2
ENG 137 Communication Processes I 3 0 3
MAC 101 Machine Shop Operations 5 9 8
MTH 103 Basic Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 12 17
Second Semester
DRF 162 Blueprint Reading II 1 3 2
MAC 102 Machine Shop Practices 5 9 8
MAC 121 Computer Numerical Control I 1 2 2
MTH 104 Basic Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 14 15
Summer Term
HLT/PED Health/Physical Ed. Elective 1 0 1
MAC 206 Production Machining 4 6 6
Elective1 Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 8 6 10
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 42

 1Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.



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