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Machining Technology AAS Degree



Men and women working as machinists, create precise mechanical parts and tools for engines and other automated products using power-operated machines. In addition to operating technical
machinery, machinists are also responsible for reviewing product blueprints and specifications, planning and troubleshooting the production process, and ensuring the accuracy of the finished product they create.

The machine technology operator/programmer certificate and degree programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in the manufacturing industries. Topics within the programs include blueprint reading, computer-aided manufacturing (CAD CAM), machine shop math, extensive hands-on set up, and operating manual lathes and mills, as well as operating, and programming CNC machine tools. Machine tool technology is classified as an evolving occupation and the demand in careers for machinists is projected to remain steady and provide future employment growth and economic competitiveness within Texas.

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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Machinist I Certificate Level I, Computer Numeric Control/Programmer I Certificate Level I, and Computer Numeric Control/Programmer II Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree.

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
MCHN 1302 Print Reading for Machine Trades 3
MCHN 1338 Basic Machine Shop I 3
MCHN 1343 Machine Shop Mathematics 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
MCHN 1319 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 3
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
MCHN 2334 Operation of CNC Machining Centers 3
MCHN 2331 Operation of CNC Turning Centers 3
MCHN 1426 Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 4
MCHN 1352 Intermediate Machining I 3
MCHN 2341 Advanced Machining I 3
Third Semester Courses 14 Credits
MCHN 2303 Fundamentals of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machine Controls 3
MCHN 2335 Advanced CNC Machining 3
MCHN 2438 Advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 4
PTRT 1191 Employment Preparation 1
ENGL 1301 Comoposition and Rhetoric  3
Fourth Semester Courses 15 Credits
Elective Speech1 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
MATH 1332 College Math for Liberal Arts 3
MCHN 1391-or-MCHN 2381 Special Topics in Machine Technology2-or-Cooperative Education: Machine Tool Technology/Machinist2 3
Machining Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $43,5401
Hourly wage: $20.931

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

  • Machinist2
  • Production 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. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

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.

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