Machining Technology


The Machining Technology program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides students with hands-on experience and a well-rounded foundation in machining. Whether you're a recent high school graduate or a worker looking for a new career, this program prepares you for one of today's most high-demand industries. Students have the option of pursuing a Machining Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or a choice of certificates, as well as pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Design should they choose to continue their education.

Learn from Industry Experts

Students learn from instructors with industry experience. LWTech machining instructors have a strong desire to help students be successful in their training. Machining Technology students at LWTech:

  • Learn a wide range of machining concepts.
  • Understand print reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), speeds and feeds, tool geometry, materials and shop math. 
  • Gain practical experience with both CNC and manual machines.
  • Enjoy small class sizes with personalized instruction. 
  • Have access to well-equipped tool rooms. 

LWTech is also home to a special CAD/CAM programming certificate taught by an industry expert currently programming 5-axis mills. This course provides the unique chance to create, run and enhance industry-level programs.

Career Opportunities

When you complete the Machining Technology program at LWTech, you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to open doors to a broad range of opportunities. You will be able to apply the rare combination of computer and manufacturing knowledge to secure a successful career. Graduates find jobs in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and marine.

Other career opportunities include:

  • Programming CNC machines.
  • Machine set up lead or shop supervisor.
  • Mechanical engineering.
  • Machining equipment and tool sales.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program only completion of an admissions application

Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.