Basic Machine Manufacturing Technology

This program will prepare you to be an entry-level manual machinist. As a machinist, you will shape the tools and objects that make up our life, from hammers to housewares.

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

Credential Earned:

Basic Machine Manufacturing Technology certificate


No. of Classes Required:




In-classroom with hands-on training in labs at Harford Technical High School


Contact Information:


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

Courses in This Program

  • Print Reading for Machining
  • Maintenance Shop Skills
  • Introduction to Arc Welding
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Basic Electricity/Electronics for Engineering Technicians
  • Basic Machining Applications


You'll learn how to use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and 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 many 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?

After completing this program, you will be qualified to work as a machinist in machine shops, toolrooms, and factories where you are able to work with several different machines and tools or specialize in one type of machine. Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of machinists or tool and die makers is expected to continue to grow 3 percent over the decade of 2019-29. Excellent employment opportunities exist throughout the U.S. in firms that perform repair, new product design, manufacturing, aircraft, logging and ship repair. Average earnings of machinists in Maryland are about $56,780* per year. 


*Earning this certificate does not guarantee this salary.


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.


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