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Frequently Asked Questions

Are machinists well paid?

The most reliable source for pay comparisons is likely the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Based on their 2010 study, the median hourly wage for a machinist was $18.52/hr with the top 10% earning more than $27.91/hr.

Our graduates are often offered between $15 and $17/hr at their first job after graduation.

When are new students accepted into the Machine Tool Program?

Students are accepted into the Machine Tool Program every semester.  Prospective students may view the school calender or contact the Admissions office for the registration dates.

What times of the day are classes offered?

Classes are typically offered from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday thru Thursday.  Class schedules are published several weeks prior to registration for each new semester.

Do I have to attend full-time?

No.  In order to be considered full-time, a student must register for at least 12 credit hours.  The Machine Tool Program allows students to register for only one class or 3-4 classes depending on the individual needs of the student.

What textbooks are required in the Machine Tool Technology Program?

Several textbooks and workbooks are required for the different courses within the Machine Tool Technology program of study.  Whenever practical a text or work book is used for more than one course.

What tools and materials are required for the Machine Tool Technology Program?

The Machine Tool Department supplies materials and tools needed to complete the shop projects.  Students do need to provide safety classes, all of the normal school items (pencil, paper, loose leaf notebook, etc.), six inch scale, six inch dial calipers, and a hand held scientific calculator.
Many students begin to purchase some personal tools during their time in the program.

This sounds like something I might be interested in, but I want to make sure I am making a smart decision.  How do I learn more about what it is like to work as a machinist?

Come in and talk with us!  We are happy to share our personal experience in the industry.  Until then, take a look at what the Bureau of Labor and Statistics publishes in their Occupational Outlook Handbook

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