Career and Technical Studies


Certificate: Mechanical Technology 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 Machine Tool Operations.

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

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
DRF 111 Technical Drafting I 1 3 2
ENG 137 Communication Processes I 3 0 3
MAC 101 Machine Shop Operations 5 9 8
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
MTH 111 Basic Technical Mathematics 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 12 17

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
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
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 14 12

Summer Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HLT/PED Health/Physical Ed. Elective 1 0 1
MAC 206 Production Machining Techniques 4 6 6

Social/Behavioral Science Electives:  ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 210, GEO 220, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 121, HIS 122, PLS 211, PLS 212, PSY 200, PSY 230, SOC 200, SOC 215

Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 8 6 10


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