MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

Machinist Technology

at MiraCosta College

about the machinist technology program

Want to work in the aerospace industry, make medical device parts and accessories or design a new golf club?

Gone are the days of the grease-covered, conventional machinist. Today's machinist must be highly trained with specific skills, working in high-tech manufacturing plants that are clean and innovative. Our nation has a huge shortage of skilled workers. As 77% of skilled Baby Boomers leave the workforce, San Diego County will need to fill thousands of positions over the next 15 years.

To meet this need, we offer a fast-paced, high-level training program. Students will be able to complete this program in 21-weeks (487 hours), with training in shop math, metal properties, reading blueprints, precision measuring, tooling, G&M codes, and manual and CNC machining. In addition, students will receive:

  • OSHA certification
  • National Career Readiness certification
  • Opportunities to attend local industry meetings
  • 2 days of job shadow experience
  • Industry tours and guest speakers
  • Career Readiness Bootcamp
  • Apprenticeship pipeline available

Contact us at tci@miracosta.edu for more information.


why attend miracosta?

  • Industry relevant curriculum using State-of-the-Art equipment

  • Job placement assistance, with over a 90% employment rate

  • Accelerated training that can get you into a job in less than 21 weeks

  • GI Bill ® approved, WIOA funding approved programs

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Tuition $6,500
GI Bill ® and WIOA funding approved. For all other candidates, tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $350 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration.

Course Length
21 weeks

Hours of Instruction
Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-9:30pm
Please see the events calendar for dates

HS Diploma or GED, basic math and reading comprehension assessments, interview, and complete submission of enrollment documents

what you will learn

  • OSHA 10 Hour Safety Course
  • Machine Shop Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer-Assisted Inspection
  • Advanced Machine Tool Concepts
  • Fixture Tooling
  • Manual Machining Lab
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming
  • Setup and Operation of Milling Machines
  • Setup and Operation of Lathes
  • Machine Tool Introduction

after course completion


If students attend all classes, complete the necessary coursework, and pass the required tests, students will receive: OSHA-10 certification, a National Career Readiness Certificate, and a MiraCosta College Certificate of Accomplishment.

Career Paths

There are numerous openings for Machinists in San Diego County! Companies such as: Barrel Services, C&H Machine, Callaway Golf, Paulson Manufacturing, Price Products, Southwest Greene, VIP, and Zimmer Dental to name just a few!

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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