OCC's Machine Technology program is designed to train students for entry-level positions as machine operators. Additionally, both beginning students and working machinists can build on their skill and knowledge of completing the requirements for one of the advanced certificates.
The Machine Technology program is divided into four areas: Machinist, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, CNC Programmer, and Tool Maker. All four programs follow sequential plans which spin off from the core machinist program. After completing the machinist program in two semesters, the student can take the classes required for one of the more advanced certificates. The student who completes the machinist program also satisfies the major requirements for the Associate in the Arts degree.
The Machinist certificate program trains students for positions as entry-level operators, which often are the first manufacturing jobs for industrial employees. This certificate program provides the skill and knowledge necessary for job candidates to become successful wage earners. This program also comprises the core courses for the more advanced certificates.
CNC Machine Operator
The CNC Machine Operator certificate enhances the skills of students who have earned the Machinist certificate by providing that student with CNC machine operating skills and manual programming skills. The courses required for earning this certificate are designed to make the machine operator capable of setting up and manually programming a CNC machine tool. The CNC Machine Operator Professional Upgrade Certificate is specifically for the returning student with on-the-job machining experience.
CNC Machine Programmer
The CNC Machine Programmer certificate includes courses designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of the machinist or the CNC machine operator to the level of the CNC machine programmer. If you are a machinist and have minimal experience with CNC machines or machine language programming, you will first want to complete the CNC Machine Operator Professional Upgrade Certificate. If you have both machining experience and 134AB courses proves excellent experiences in computer-assisted CNC programming. All of our programming courses require the use of a personal-type computer. If you have no computer experience, we strongly suggest you enroll in a basic computer use type course first (Computer & High Technology 100 or Computer Information Systems 100).
Earning the Tooling certificate upgrades the skills of the machinist to the point required for profitable employment as an entry-level tool maker, a die maker, or a mold maker. As well as other subjects that must be learned by the beginning tool maker, the Tooling certificate program includes courses in metallurgy, tool and cutter grinding, and welding tooling.
Professional Upgrade Certificates
This Professional Upgrade Certificate is designed for students who are already machinists. Before starting on this plan you should be able to set up and operate both conventional lathes and mills. You should be able to read blueprints and use all common machine shop measuring tools. If you have a deficiency in these areas, please refer back to the basic machining courses found in the Machinist certificate.
This Professional Upgrade Certificate is designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of the machinist or the CNC machine operator to the level of the CNC machine programmer. If you are a machinist and have minimal experience with CNC machines or machine language programming, you will first want to complete the CNC operator upgrade certificate. If you have both machining experience and CNC experience, the software used for the Machine 133AB and 134AB courses provide excellent experiences in computer-assisted CNC programming. All of our programming courses require the use of a personal computer. If you have no computer experience, we strongly suggest you enroll in a basic computer use course first (Computer & High Technology 100 or Computer Information Systems 100).
Note: Two unit contract education course requirements must be designed in cooperation with the student and the instructor, or the student, instructor, and employer. This course will require the student to complete a project from beginning to end, to include all necessary paperwork, fixturing, programming, and machining of the final part, or the student may take Machine Technology 126, Advanced CNC Machine Operation.
Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Orange Coast College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.