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The Machining Master Certificate prepares graduates for careers in the operation and programming of computer numeric control (CNC) drills, grinder, mills and lathes used extensively in the manufacturing and repair industries. This program provides students with the needed math skills, as well as an excellent blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and precision measurement tools used in the actual industry.

The master certificate program also includes advanced courses offering manufacturing insight, CNC & manual tooling, CNC equipment setup, programming in EIA/ISO as well as conversational languages, computerized machine protocols, manual machining, and the opportunity to obtain NIMS Level certifications. NIMS is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. and was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce.

The CNC Milling and / or CNC Turning Level 1 certifications that can be obtained from NIMS focus on programming Machining and Turning centers, review of tool paths and operation of the Machining and Turning Centers. This combination of courses contributes to a safe and productive environment for the trainee to develop the skills necessary for an apprentice position in the machining industry.

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Please contact Christina Boutte at Christina.D.Boutte@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.1780 for more information.
Mike Branch at Michael.D.Branch@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2819 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
MCHNC 2103806 Basic Machine Shop I 80
DFTGC 2102506 Blueprint Reading and Sketching 48
MCHNC 2104304 Machine Shop Mathematics 64
BUSGC 2101202 Work Skills for the Workplace 16
MCHNC 2200301 CNC Machine Controls, Fundamentals 48
MCHNC 2203403 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 64
MCHNC 2203102 Operation of CNC Turning Center 64
Machining Master Certificate Total 384

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Career Options

Median Wage: Wages vary by position title and credentials1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Production Machinist2
  • Machinist2
  • CNC Machinist2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $5,295

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.