Machine Technologist

A machinist is a person who uses machine tools to make or modify parts, primarily metal parts, a process known as machining. This is accomplished by using machine tools to cut away excess material much as a woodcarver cuts away excess wood to produce his work. In addition to metal, the parts may be made of many other kinds of materials, such as plastic or wood products. The goal of these cutting operations is to produce a part that conforms to a set of specifications, or tolerances, usually in the form of engineering drawings commonly known as blueprints.  As part of their job, machinists make precision metal parts utilizing machine tools like lathes, milling machines, and machining centers.

Program Statistics

WCC has a 90% to 95% job placement rate when students finish the two year associate degree. 

Salary Range


What Hours Would I Work?

The normal workweek is Monday-Friday. (7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m day, 3:00p.m.-11:00p.m. evening, or 11:00p.m-7:00a.m. night) 

Where Can I Live?

High demand for Machinist in the WCC service region as well as anywhere in the U.S.

Faculty & Staff

Johnathon Ferguson
Johnathon Ferguson
(276) 223-4786