The associate in science degree and certificate options in machine technology at Allan
Hancock College will prepare you for a successful career in the machining and manufacturing
The machine technology program at Allan Hancock College progresses from basic to advanced
machining courses. The first course in the program covers all the basic skills of
machine technology. In the advanced classes students apply basic skills to more advanced
machining using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.
As a graduate of the machine technology program students will have mastered the techniques
used in modern machine technology and programming.
Students learn the working properties of metals and use the skills they learn with
machine tools to plan, carry out, and create machined products that meet precise specifications.
In addition to machine lab work, students will learn to read and interpret blueprints
and acquire a mastery of applied mathematics.
As a student you will be trained to work with and understand:
- Basics of tool grinding and cutting theory
- Conventional lathes and milling machines
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
- Mastercam CAD/CAM software
The curriculum at Allan Hancock College is continuosly addressing emerging technologies such as Computer Aided Manufacturing and Design (CAD/CAM) and rapid proto-typing. In
just two years students are trained to become a skilled machinist with the tools necessary begin
a career in the high-tech world of machine technology.
Why choose to become a machinist?
- Opportunities for employment are good for both men and women in manufacturing technology or machining
- Employers continually look for workers with experience in CAD/CAM and CNC programming
- Technical and applied mathematical academic skills in the manufacturing and product
development industries are in demand
- New technologies are continually emerging allowing workers to develop a broad range
According to the Employment Development Department, the median wage in 2009 for Machinists in California is $37,997 annually or $18.26
The hourly wages for Machinists in California vary depending on training and experience.
With the training students receive from the Machine Technology program at Allan Hancock
College students can expect to earn wages of up to $20 an hour.
Industrial Technology Department, Building O
Marna Lombardi, Administrative Secretary
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3335
Classes are offered in the day and in evenings.
Industrial Technology Office hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Office is closed during summer
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