29 Instruction Hours • 72.5 Study Hours • Self-paced—completed within 1 to 12 Months
No Prerequisites • Certificate in Machine Shop Theory • Distance Education—delivered by video instruction with instructor support available by email or phone. Online exam only—no hands-on skills assessment.

This knowledge-based Machine Shop Course comes in 3 modules and covers the A-Z of manual machining, the lathe, vertical milling machine and general machine shop techniques:

Module 1–Lathe: More than 12 hours of detailed instruction on the set-up and operation of the Machine Lathe. Students will learn how to set-up the machine, turn, bore, thread, knurl and taper metal.

Module 2–The Vertical Milling Machine: More than 12 hours of video instruction detailing everything the student needs to know to run a vertical mill including fly cutting, indexing, boring, milling aluminum, steel and plastics, clamping, fixturing, digital read-out and more.

Module 3–General Machine Shop Techniques: More than 5 hours of video. Students learn how to properly operate all the support equipment needed in a shop:  belt sanders, bead blasters, grinders and surface grinders, plus learn how to sharpen drill bits, remove broken screws, detailed shop planning and set-up, and advanced equipment and techniques.

Students will learn from a professional currently working in the field with more than 3 decades of experience. Students will see up close views of the instruction so they can quickly learn the fine detail of precision machining. Students study and complete the course at a pace they control, with sufficient retention of the knowledge to pass their exams with a score of 80% or higher.

Completion of this Machine Shop Course prepares an individual for entry-level and apprentice employment in the machining trade in positions classified under Machinist (SOC 51-4041 US Bureau of Labor Statistics). Examples of apprentice position titles are Machine Technician, Millwright, Aircraft Systems Technician, and Engine and Machines Technician. Additionally, this course prepares individuals for employment in positions involving entry-level machining work classified as “maintenance” under General Maintenance and Repair (SOC 49-9071 US Bureau of Labor Statistics) in position titles such as Maintenance, Maintenance Mechanic, and Facilities Maintenance Technician.

  • Unless required by a particular employer, no certification, license, or registration is required for most employees working in the machining trade or for machining work performed as part of maintenance jobs.
  • Certificates of this institute do not qualify an individual to work as a registered or licensed, independent Contractor.
  • Machinists train in many ways: informally on the job, in apprenticeship programs, at vocational schools, and in community and/or technical colleges. To boost the skill level of machinists, a number of certifications including Journey-level certification programs are also now available from state apprenticeship boards after completing an apprenticeship. Though special educational credentials or certification(s) are not required to do machining work, it can lead to better job opportunities.
  • For more information on Machining and General Maintenance and Repair (SOC 51-4041 and 49-9071 US Bureau of Labor Statistics) and related SOC’s, go to or
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