Machining Technology

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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