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Machine Tool Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Learn the fundamental skills of machine shop operations. Pima students complete manufacturing projects, earn NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) certifications, and learn to operate and program CNC mills and lathes used by manufacturers around the country.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


Downtown Campus

Contact Information

Division of Applied Technology
Dean: 520.206.7134
Lead Faculty: 520.206.7139
Program Advisor: 520.206.7018
Information Sessions


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Machinists - Entry $42,540
Metal and Plastic Workers - Entry $38,600

Program Requirements 2020-2021

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.*  A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Arts and Humanities
  Recommend HIS 101
Social and Behavioral Science
  Recommend: ARC 205
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C or G requirement by selecting an appropriate course in the categories above
Subtotal 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
MAC 100 Introduction to Machine Tool 3
MAC 110 Manual Machine Shop 4
MAC 125 Inspection Quality Assurance 4
MAC 130 Machine Set-Up and Fixture Making 3
MAC 150 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mill Programming I 4
MAC 155 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mill Programming II 4
MAC 160 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Lathe Programming 4
MAC 257 Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) I 4
MAC 258 Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) II 4
MAC 259 Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) III 4
MAC 275 Applied Metallurgy 4
Subtotal 42

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CAD 117 Print Reading with CAD for Manufacturing 4
CAD 172 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
GTM 105 Applied Technical Mathematics 3
GTW 101 Writing for Trades and Technical Occupations 3
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Subtotal 14
Total 62

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication Requirement - GTW 101; Mathematics and Science - GTM 105; Other Requirement - MAC 275

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: AASMAC/MAC1

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