What is a machinist, and what role do they apply to manufacturing?

In order to define a machinist first we need to describe a machine tool. 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.

A machinist is a person who is skilled in setting up and operating machine tools to manufacture, modify, or repair parts that conform to a set of specifications, commonly known as blueprints.

Machining combines industrial design with technical manufacturing in clean environments. Machinists produce a wide range of manufactured goods and work with a full line of raw materials, the most common being metal. This skilled machinist can 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.

With no experience needed to begin, Ranger’s machining program is designed so that each class is a stepping stone to the next level. The coursework contains both theory and hands-on learning, with a majority of the objectives being hands-on operation of the equipment.

Ranger College’s Machining Technology Program is prearranged for dual-credit high school students, entry-level college students, and experienced machinists who want to upgrade their skills. The goal is to provide a foundation of skills that prepares graduates for employment in the world of advanced manufacturing.

A Machining Technology associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in the degree plan (approximately 2 years). Students desiring a less comprehensive program may consider the machining certificate, which includes 40 semester credit hours of required technical courses (1 year).

Upon graduating from the Machining and Manufacturing program at Ranger, you will be ready for an entry-level CNC Machine Operator or Set-up Technician position, as your newly acquired skills prepare you to work in various industries such as automotive, aviation, oil/gas, military defense, aerospace, and other types of advanced manufacturing facilities. Job placement assistance is provided.

Get the technical machine training skills needed to set up and operate CNC equipment and machines at Ranger College’s Stephenville campus!

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