Machinist Helper Certificate

Provides students with the knowledge and necessary skills for employment in the manufacturing/metalworking industry. Students may enter the industry as a machinist helper responsible for helping set up and operate conventional machine tools.

Students will develop proficiency in blueprint reading; shop math; precision measuring; conventional lathes and mills; surface, tool, and cutter grinding; and general shop machines.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Machinist Helper certificate, students will be able to:

  • Perform precision machining operations according to industry standards.
  • Inspect machined parts for quality according to industry standards

Program Length

This program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters, or by instructor’s permission.

Completion Requirements



Program Course List

MCH 101Orientation/Machine Shop Safety


MCH 105Shop Math/Blueprint I


MCH 111Shop Machines & Tools


MCH 117Lathes I


MCH 121Mills I


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:29

MCH 105, MCH 117 and MCH 121: Articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.

Optional Course

MCH 240Training & Practice


Note: MCH 240 Training & Practice is designed for specific skills enhancement with the purpose of reentering the manufacturing workforce. Mutually agreed- upon goals will be set and paid for at an hourly rate.