Basic Machining

This program prepares students to be manual machinists. Students will learn to use conventional lathes and milling machines, as well as grinders and other equipment commonly found in manufacturing facilities. They will also study blueprint reading, math, communications, and other important skills.

Students interested in Basic Machining should enroll in Machining Technologies. For more information, visit the Machining Technologies program page.

Enrollment Point: N/A

Basic Machining

Certificate of Completion: 
5 Quarters
95 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

David Dickson, Batholomew Kimani, David Schoenmakers

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Complete EdReady Math assessment, scoring 70% or better..
  • Must attend program orientation and testing session before being placed on registration list.
  • Completion of Aerospace and Manufacturing Introduction with a 2.0 or higher in each course is required to move into Basic or Precision Machining pathways; students who receive less than 2.0 in any class may be referred to other RTC programs or developmental math options.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • High school-level courses in advanced math, advanced science, mechanical drawing, or metal shop.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.


  • Students may enter at the beginning of summer or winter quarter.

Course Information

Basic Machining Course Requirements

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
MTEC 102 Introduction to Aerospace and Manufacturing 2
MTEC 224 Machining Essentials 10
  Aerospace and Manufacturing Introduction 14


Course # Course Title Crs
MTEC 101 Machine Technology I 3
MTEC 103 Machine Technology II 3
MTEC 105 Machine Technology III 3
MTEC 111 Blueprint Reading I 3
MTEC 113 Blueprint Reading II 3
MTEC 115 Blueprint Reading III 3
MTEC 121 Machining Fundamentals - Lathe 9
MTEC 123 Machining Fundamentals - Mill 8
MTEC 125 Machining Fundamentals - Precision Machining 8
MTEC 130 Basic Metrology 1
MTEC 140 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 8
MTEC 171 Communications I 1
MTEC 172 Communications II 1
MTEC 173 Communications III 1
MTEC 185 Human Relations 1
AMATH 176S Basic Math for Machining 6
AMATH 186S Algebra for Machine Technology 6
AMATH 187S Geometry for Machine Technology 6
AMATH 188S Trigonometry for Machining
  +Basic Machining 81
  Total 96


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Basic Machining program will:

  • Be able to apply mathematical principles, precision measurement, and blueprint reading in order to machine something according to specifications.
  • Be able to work effectively and professionally in a multicultural workplace.
  • Be able to check and troubleshoot the proper and best tool for optimal performance and efficiency.
  • Be able to obtain and advance in a job as a machinist in a variety of industrial settings.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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