Machining

Machining instructor and students in the labWenatchee Valley College's Industrial Technology Machining program is designed to meet the needs of those entering or working in the machining industry. With advances in machine and computer technology, the machining industry is undergoing change and creating job opportunities for skilled employees. Machinists are needed in areas such as aerospace, electronics, food processing, automotive repairs, public utility districts, Alcoa, county and city government transportation departments, specialty tool and equipment manufacturing, food packing plants and warehouses.

The machining program will provide students with fundamental machining skills and experiences using current machining technologies and techniques. A graduate of the program will be prepared for entry into the machining industry as a conventional (manual) or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinist. Instruction covers conventional turning, milling and grinding, as well as basic programming, set up and operation of CNC machine tools. Other subjects include shop safety, reading engineering drawings, shop mathematics, machine tool theory, as well as lean manufacturing and other skills currently required by the machining/manufacturing industry. In addition, students will be required to complete a job shadowing experience and a program culmination capstone project.

This program offers a two-year associate of technical science degree as well as a one-year certificate of completion in conventional (manual) machining.  Both are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the machining industry by integrating theory and practical applications.