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.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

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.

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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.

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

Bao Dao, 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 adviser 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 Machining Technologies Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101

College Success


MTEC 100

Machining Essentials


MTEC 111

Blueprint Reading I


MTEC 113

Blueprint Reading II


MTEC 121

Machining Fundamentals – Lathe & Mill


MTEC 140

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing I


MTEC 141

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing II


MTEC 161

Math for Manufacturing


MTEC 171

Communications I


MTEC 172

Communications II


MTEC 173

Communications III


MTEC 185

Human Relations


MTEC 220

Hazardous Materials


MTEC 231

CNC Mill Set Up and Operation


MTEC 232

CNC Lathe Set Up and Operation


MTEC 236

Machining Projects


MTEC 237

Materials Science


MTEC 240

Manufacturing Trends



Math for Machine Technology I



Math for Machine Technology II


  Total 83

*4 credits are required for the Machining Technology program.

Requirements for Machining Technologies AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits


Certificate of Completion


CMST 280

Intercultural Communication or


CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication


COMP 100

Applied Composition or


ENGL& 101

English Composition


PSYC& 100

General Psychology


  Total 98

 Optional Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits

BAST 091

Oral Communications for College and Career (optional)


BAST 092

Math for Technical Careers (optional)


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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