Machinist Manual

About the Career

A manual machinist sets up and operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machines or grinders to produce precision metal and plastic parts. They may also modify or repair mechanical instruments and equipment.

Career Outlook

Gulf Coast industries are investing billions of dollars in capital improvements. With our proximity to the Gulf Coast, home to over 200 chemical plants and to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, COM provides training that supports these industry demands.

The average hourly wage is $19.88, with entry-level positions starting below that rate. The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for manual machinist will increase 37.7 percent. (Source: Workforce Solutions, 2016).

Completers of the Manual Machinist Program may find entry-level jobs in:

  • Petrochemical plants and refineries
  • Manufacturing and production facilities
  • Machine and fabrication shops

About the COM Program

College of the Mainland’s Manual Machinist Program prepares students for employment in a high-skill, high-growth occupation. Each course combines classroom instruction and hands-on work with instructors with years of field experience. Classes meet two nights per week to accommodate work schedules. Students must complete the MMT Basic Occupational Skills Award prior to enrollment in this program.

How to Begin

New students must register in person with COM’s Continuing Education Office located in the Technical Vocational Building Suite 1475. Returning students may register in person or online at www.com.edu/register. Textbooks are not included in the tuition. Those who have one year work experience as a manual machinist must seek approval from the director of CE industrial workforce programs prior to enrollment.

Minimum Age Requirements: You must 18 or older or have a high school diploma or GED.

Financial Assistance

  • Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) – This is a grant based on financial need and is available through COM’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Hazlewood Act – This assistance is available to veterans, their spouses and eligible children and is available through COM’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – This assistance is based on financial need and is available through Workforce Solutions.

Scholarships


Manual Machinist – Occupational Skills Award

Recommended course sequence

Course # Title Hours
MCHN 1038

Basic Machine Shop I

This course is an introduction to machining fundamentals. Students will demonstrate set-up and use of lathe, milling machine, drill press, power saw, and bench grinder while applying good housekeeping, proper safety, and preventative maintenance.

Prerequisites: MMT Basic Occupational Skills Award or approval from the director of CE industrial workforce programs

64
MCHN 1013

Basic Milling

This course is a study of the common types of milling machines. Students will identify milling machine components and their functions; identify types of milling machines; describe the different types of milling; calculate speeds and feeds for milling machines; set up milling machines; and operate milling machines; use of blueprints, theory and safety procedures.

Prerequisites: MMT Basic Occupational Skills Award or approval from the director of CE industrial workforce programs, MCHN-1038

64
MCHN 1008

Basic Lathe

This course is a study of the common types of lathe machines. Students will identify lathe machine components and their functions; identify types of lathes, use formulas to calculate speeds and feeds; set up basic lathe operations; perform metal removal operations such as turning, facing, drilling, grooving, turning on centers, and threading; and perform basic machine maintenance; use blueprints, theory and safety procedures.

Prerequisites: MMT Basic Occupational Skills Award or approval from the director of CE industrial workforce programs, MCHN-1038, MCHN-1013

64
MCHN 2041

Advanced Machining

This course is a study of advanced lathe and milling operations. Students will identify and apply special tooling for the lathe and milling machines; list machine and work setup procedures; identify and select proper tooling for machining of specific materials; and perform advanced lathe and milling machine setup to specifications.

Prerequisites: MMT Basic Occupational Skills Award or approval from the director of CE industrial workforce programs, MCHN-1038, MCHN-1013

64
Total Hours 256

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