Machine Shop

A machinist uses tools such as lathes, drill presses and milling machines to produce precision metal parts, and the process is increasingly high tech. In the Machine Shop Technology Program, you’ll manufacture, assemble and repair metal parts and complete machines.


For a career as a machinist, you’ll study the use of each tool as well as basic blueprint reading for machinists, microcomputer applications, basic computer-aided drafting and basic 3D modeling, among other things.



Despite increased automation in the field, machinists are still needed to set up, monitor and maintain automated systems. Those who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing modern production techniques and almost any task in a machine shop remain in demand. The average salary for a machinist in Alabama is $40,290, while the top earners make $56,930.



The program will prepare you for a career as a machinist or a tool or die maker, fields that increasingly depend on computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing.

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Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees. Southern Union provides equal educational opportunities and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disability with respect to all of its programs, activities or employment.