Machinist Certificate

Certificate offered as: Workforce

Turn a dial, flip a switch, push a lever … anyone can learn to run a machine. But some of us go further and learn how to work beyond the designed capabilities of the machine. We call those professionals machinists.

Using creative thinking and problem-solving skills, machinists create parts (usually metal parts) that are used in all kinds of manufacturing and fabrication.


2 semesters
... to get started!
Projected job growth (through 2027)
Avg. entry hourly wage for machinists in DFW


Industry Information

Manual vs. CNC Machining

There are two types of machining:

  • Manual — performed by “machinists”
  • Computer Numeric Control (CNC) — performed by CNC “machine operators”

A machinist trained in manual machining uses equipment (like mills and lathes) to manually turn, mill, drill, shape, grind – and ultimately create – machine parts.

A machinist trained in CNC machining uses computer coding to produce machine parts.

Which machining technique is better – manual or CNC?

Both machining techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. When a machinist needs increased precision with the part he/she is making, or wants to produce multiple parts at once, CNC techniques are used to automate processes. And when the technology ever fails, manual machining tools and techniques are necessary.

In short, machinists in today’s workplace need to be able to use both manual and CNC machinery.

Career Outlook

Curious where you’ll find employed machinists? Right here in Texas! Our state is among the top five for employment levels of machinists (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Machinist jobs are available in shops, factories, production plants and schools. You can also work as a maintenance machinist – repairing and maintain equipment used for machining.

When it comes to manual machining, much of the experienced workforce is retiring. More career professionals are needed to come in and fill those spots (like you)! Those who can also operate CNC machines are highly desired.

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What classes will I take?

In the Machinist Certificate program you will learn how to perform manual and CNC machining operations – broadening your opportunities for employment.

When you complete the program, you will be equipped to independently plan and carry out common machining tasks. You'll also be able to interpret engineer drawings and make any necessary calculations.

This certificate is available only as a continuing education/workforce award.
Learn more about the differences between credit and workforce welding courses.


Workforce Certificate

For details about classes, contact us or call program coordinator Byron Zarrabi directly at 214-860-5880.

Where is this certificate offered?

Map of locations
  • Cedar Valley College (at Bill J. Priest Institute)
    Offered as: Workforce Certificate
    1402 Corinth St.
    Dallas, TX
    Main number: 972-860-5900

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