A machine tool is a power-driven machine that shapes metal, wood or plastics by cutting, shearing, pressing, and drilling, more commonly known as mills, lathes, and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines.

Ranger College offers a degree in machining which is designed to teach how to set up and operate machine tools to manufacture, modify, or repair parts that conform to a set of specifications, commonly known as blueprints. Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be able to manufacture products from an engineering drawing to reality: from a piece of titanium, for example, to a knee replacement; from a piece of steel for gears for trucks, tractors, and airplanes; for anything that is manufactured, a machine tool and machinist are involved.


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Upon graduating from the dual credit Machining and Manufacturing program at Ranger College, students will be prepared for employment as an entry level Machine Operator or Apprentice. After graduation they may also continue to higher certification levels or complete the A.A.S. degree in Machining.

Skills acquired prepare students to work in various industries such as automotive, aviation, oil/gas, military defense, aerospace, and other types of advanced facilities. Job placement assistance is provided upon graduation.

This is a rigorous course of study and will require students to take courses in either an afternoon or morning block of time. Students generally begin the program in the fall semester of their junior year.

Machining Technology Certificate Level I (NIMS)

Students take courses in the RC Mobile Machining Lab. District partners provide parking space and electrical hookup. Mobile lab will be scheduled on-site (2-4) days per week Monday through Thursday and will adhere to the Ranger College academic calendar.

TSI Requirement

Textbook and Supplies
Precision Machining Technology and Workbook (Latest Edition) ISBN# 13:978-1-2854-4454-3 (approx. $140.)


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