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Basic Machine Manufacturing Technology

Machinists shape the tools and objects that make up our life, from hammers and housewares, to parts for engines and appliances.

Understanding how to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools is a skill that continues to be needed in a wide variety of industries. You'll enjoy this career if you like working with precision machines, being creative, and get a satisfaction from making something with your own hands.

Program Overview

Basic Machine Manufacturing Technology certificate


Two semesters minimum


Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED®

Required Courses

  • Print Reading for Machining
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Basic Electricity/Electronics for Engineering Technicians
  • Basic Machining Applications

Recommended Courses

  • Arc Welding Fundamentals

In this program you'll learn to use tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, and other equipment commonly found in manufacturing facilities. You'll also explore manufacturing theory and practical skills as well as blueprint reading. The program lab includes several brands of machining equipment so you will become comfortable using a variety of controls and displays.

What can I do when I complete this program?

This program prepares you to be an entry-level manual machinist. Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. After completing this program you will be qualified to apply for jobs as a CNC Machining Operator or to work as a machinist in machine shops, toolrooms, and factories where you may work in several areas or specialize in one type of machine. 

Who teaches this program?

This program is taught by Frederick Mohlhenrich, an experienced, certified machinist. Mr. Mohlhenrich has been an adjunct instructor for the College since 2018. He graduated from Carrol County Vo-Tech in Machining in 1991. He then served in the Air Force as an aircraft machinist and certified welder until 2011 and is now USAF Retired. He earned a degree through The Community College of The Air Force in machining and welding (Aircraft Metals Technology). Following that, he earned an HCPS advanced teaching certificate through UMES and has been a Career and Technology Education teacher at Harford Technical High School since 2014.