Associate of Applied Science • 61 Credit Hours
The Machinist/CNC Technology program provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry-level careers as machinists using conventional equipment and computer control equipment.
Machinist/CNC Technology A.A.S.
Associate of Applied Science
61 Credit Hours
Certificate of Applied Science
30 Credit Hours
Manual Machinist/CNC Technology
26 Credit Hours
15 Credit Hours
12 Credit Hours
Participants in the program receive technical skills immediately useful in the workplace requiring CNC knowledge. They receive hands-on instruction in set up, operation, programming, maintenance, etc. on state-of- the-market CNC equipment used every day in industry. The Associate of Applied Science Degree requires four semesters. However, the student may elect to complete programs at the certificate level (two semesters) or at the skill set level. The course work in these two training levels is an integral part of the degree program.
This program adheres to the standards of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). At the end of the program, students are prepared to test to receive their NIMS certification. This program operates in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute and its campuses in Huntington and Bridgeport, WV.
Machinists, Tool and Die Makers
2019 Median Pay
$45,750 per year
Number of Jobs
469,500 in 2018
2018-2028 Positive Growth
Average employment growth.
For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Graduates will have completed courses teaching the fundamentals required for all machining careers–industrial safety, blueprint reading and precision measurement.
Employment of machinists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.
Employment of tool and die makers is projected to decline 6 percent from 2018 to 2028. Advances in automation, including CNC machine tools, should reduce demand for tool and die makers to perform tasks, such as programming how parts fit together, that computer software can perform.