Machining Technologies

Machines and equipment such as planes and cars would not work without precise parts. Many of these come out of machine shops using sophisticated manufacturing equipment. The two-year Machining Technologies program gives students the skills and hands-on experience to work in these kinds of machine shops or manufacturing facilities. Students will learn to apply math, read blueprints, the properties of metals, and other practical skills. They will apply inspection techniques and machining processes and procedures in a modern shop equipped with lathes and vertical and horizontal Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. When appropriate, students may be assigned off-site in a working machine shop. This program articulates with Tech Prep programs through the Puget Sound Dual Credit Career Consortium.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
6 Quarters
83 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
98 Credits
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.

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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.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Batholomew Kimani, David Schoenmakers

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • ACCUPLACER score in math of 30 or completion of MATH 065 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. A student with ACCUPLACER math score of less than 30 may enroll in the first quarter, but must also co-register for BAST 092.
  • Students must have the ability to converse well in English and understand verbal and written communication quickly.  Students are recommended to co-enroll in BAST091 to better prepare for English communication in the machining industry. Please speak to an advisor to determine if this or another course offering will help you prepare for your career in machining.
  • Meet with program faculty.

Admission Recommendations

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

Course Information

Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
MTEC 100 Machining Essentials 7
MTEC 101 Machine Technology I 2
MTEC 103 Machine Technology II 2
MTEC 105 Machine Technology III 2
MTEC 111 Blueprint Reading I 2
MTEC 113 Blueprint Reading II 2
MTEC 121 Machining Fundamentals – Lathe & Mill 8
MTEC 140 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing I 2
MTEC 141 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing II 4
MTEC 161 Math for Manufacturing 4
MTEC 171 Communications I 1
MTEC 172 Communications II 1
MTEC 173 Communications III 1
MTEC 185 Human Relations 2
MTEC 231 CNC Mill Set Up and Operation 8
MTEC 232 CNC Lathe Set Up and Operation 8
MTEC 236 Machining Projects 8
MTEC 237 Materials Science 5
MTEC 220 Hazardous Materials 1
MTEC 240 Manufacturing Trends 1
AMATH 176S Math for Machine Technology I 5
AMATH 186S Math for Machine Technology II 5
  Total 83

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Certificate of Completion 83
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 98

Optional Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
BAST 091 Oral Communications for College and Career (optional) (5)
BAST 092 Math for Technical Careers (optional) (5)

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Machining Programs:

  • Practice safe work standards expected in a machine shop environment
  • Solve problems to carry out manufacturing tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Apply the principles of mathematics, precision measurement and machining, and blueprint reading to the production of parts and tools to industry standards
  • Select and properly use appropriate instruments, tools, and equipment for basic and machining operations
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of work, including attendance, interaction with coworkers and supervisors, appearance, and demeanor
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers and supervisors
  • Work effectively in a multicultural, team environment and demonstrate good conflict resolution skills


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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