Machine Tool Operations Certificate

Career and Technical Studies
Certificate: Mechanical Technology in Machine Tool Operations
Two-semester (one-year) 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

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Machine Tool Operations Certificate requires competency in English and Math – MDE 10 as demonstrated through direct enrollment and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required EDE and/or MDE units or the 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 Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
DRF 111 1 3 2
DRF 162 1 3 2
IND 114 2 0 2
MAC 101 5 9 8
MTH 111 3 0 3
SDV 100 1 0 1
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
UNIV 100 elective
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 15 18  

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
ENG 111 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
ENGL 1105
Radford University
CORE 101
Old Dominion University
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
ENG 1013/1023, GEN ED
Liberty University
ENGL 101
Emory & Henry College
ENG 100
MAC 102 5 9 8
MAC 121 1 2 2
MAC 151 1 3 2
MAC 209 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 14 18  
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