RWM Site Logo

Machinist Schools and Programs

Students interested in becoming machinists or programming computer-numeric-controlled machines may wish to enroll in machinist schools to learn machinist skills. Machinist schools train students to work with a wide range of industrial metal-cutting tools, such as plasma or water-jet cutters, as well as smaller hand tools -- files, hammers, calipers, micrometers and precision measuring and testing equipment.

Mechanic Trades

Talented machinists should understand how to read blueprints and operate complicated machinery, as well as possess knowledge of the base properties of different metals. Machinist training can help provide the skills needed to make a range of hardware, from the titanium screws doctors use in orthopedic implants to the rivets that join airplane wings.

Machinist specializations

Machinists use lathes and milling machines to create metal parts with an incredibly high degree of precision. Production machinists usually produce large amounts of parts using CNC machines that follow computer programs to control the cutting path, speed and feed rate of a particular part. Machinist schools often offer certificate programs for various specializations.

Specialization in the field includes:

  • Toolmaker: creates precision tools that cut, shape and form metals
  • Die maker: creates metal forms used to shape and stamp metal parts. Die makers also create metal molds used to form plastics, ceramics and other materials
  • Millwright: installs and dismantles heavy machinery found in factories and power plants

Machinist schools strive to train students to work as mechanical engineering technicians who help design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery and other equipment by assisting with product testing, creating sketches or analyzing data and estimating costs.

Machinist certification and degrees

Machinist jobs require at least a high school diploma, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports. Advanced mechanical engineering positions, such as jobs in the aerospace and airline manufacturing industry, traditionally require a bachelor's degree, the BLS says. However, many positions, such as engineering technician, often require a two-year associate degree in engineering technology.

Students with machinist training from machinist schools, learn how to read blueprints, principles of drafting, and the computer skills needed to operate CNC equipment.

Machinist salary and career outlook

The field is expected to grow 7 percent -- adding 33,700 jobs -- from 2012 through 2022, the BLS reports. The BLS also reported national median annual salaries for machinists of $39,570 in May 2013, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned at least $60,070 and the lowest-paid 10 percent earned up to $24,280. Texas, California, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois employ the greatest number of machinists.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Workers with computer skills and formal machinist training may have the best job prospects, according to the BLS. The ability to run a variety of CNC and milling equipment is also crucial to career advancement.


Machinists, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes514041.htm

Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm

Machinist Schools and Programs
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

Programs : Automotive Technology, Motorcycle Technology, Diesel Technology, and more.

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Auto Repair Technician, Motorcycle Repair Technician, Small Engine Repair, and more.

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Programs : Automotive Technician (9-Month Diploma Program), and more.

Gear up for a better future at WyoTech.

Programs : Applied Service Management, Advanced Automotive Diagnostics, Automotive Technology, and more.

Take your career to the next step with IntelliTec College.

Programs : Automotive Technician (Colorado Springs), Automotive Technician (Pueblo), and more.

New York ADI is the only ASE-certified autobody program in all of New York City.

Programs : Certified Automotive Technician, Master Certified Automotive Technician, Master Truck & Diesel Technician, and more.

Get hands-on training with Arizona Automotive Institute.

Programs : Automotive Service Technology, Diesel - Heavy Truck, and more.

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Auto Mechanics, Small Engine Repair, and more.

J-Tech is committed to offering the best education and training possible by partnering with industry-leading corporations, and working with professionals who truly care about the advancement of the automotive, diesel, and transportation industry.

Programs : Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, and more.

Get hands-on training with Vista College.

Programs : Trades Management-Electrical Technician, and more.
In Seconds
Where do you want to take classes?
When would you like to start?
What's your zip code?
GO ›
What degree are you interested in?
GO ›
You're almost there...
Processing your information
Related Automotive & Technology Vocational Programs

Related Articles