Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and machining centers to produce precision metal parts. Although they may make large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.
Those pursuing a career in precision machining technology should:
- Be mechanically inclined
- Have good problem-solving abilities
- Be able to work independently
- Be able to do highly accurate work
Employment and Salary Information
Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industries employing the largest number of machinists were:
- Machine shops
- Turned product and screw, nut and bolt manufacturing
- Metalworking machinery
- Employment services
- Motor vehicle parts manufacturing
- Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
In May 2013, the median hourly wage for machinists was $19.03, or $39,582 annually.
Special Funding Available
Scholarships and grants are available for those who qualify through the Missouri Manufacturing WINs grant. Please contact Financial Aid for more details.
The Precision Machining Technology program is offered at the ECC site in Washington (Four Rivers Career Center). Designed in conjunction with the region’s extensive machine tool industry, students learn the latest processes of manufacturing and machining from faculty who have worked in the field. Students study in laboratories with state-of-the-art machining equipment including a Wire EDM machine. Students explore coursework leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate intended to prepare them to enter the workforce.
A consortium of the leading local companies in the field work with educators at ECC and Four Rivers Career Center to design a program that fits the needs of students and employers. Students are well prepared to enter the workforce, and employers know that graduates of the program are trained and dependable.
To enter the program, students must have completed:
- High school diploma or the equivalent (documentation sent to the registration office
- Application for admission
- A placement test as specified by the college (please note: some coursework requires minimum placement results)
Students must also be able to demonstrate basic computer skills.
The AAS degree is designed for students seeking employment immediately upon graduation. However, many of the credits, particularly the general education electives received with this degree, may qualify as transfer credit by four-year schools.
These decisions are made solely by the bachelor degree-granting institution, not East Central College. Students seeking to transfer are advised to contact the institution of their choice before beginning a program or reviewing other degrees and coursework offered through ECC.
East Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
Located at the Four Rivers Career Center
1978 Image Drive
Washington, MO 63090
Curtis Elliott, Program Coordinator
Mathematics and Physical Science