If you like troubleshooting, strategy, and working with high-tech equipment, CWI can offer you a start to an exceptional career as a machinist. This two-year program has top-quality training and long-standing support from local employers thanks in part to our accomplished graduates who have won top state and national awards. At CWI, you will learn basic skills and quickly advance into areas such as interpretation of drawings, proper measurement, design adaptation, computer numerical programming, and much more.
If you like troubleshooting, strategy, and working with high-tech equipment, College of Western Idaho (CWI) can offer you a start to an exceptional career as a machinist. This two-year program has top-quality training and long-standing support from local employers thanks in part to our accomplished graduates who have won top national and international awards. At CWI, you will learn basic skills and quickly advance into areas such as interpretation of drawings, proper measurement, design adaptation, computer numerical programming, and much more.
Why This Program
Over the years, this trade has been consistent in offering employment opportunities to employees trained with basic machining skills and a desire to work in an industrial environment. The skills taught in the Machine Tool program offer opportunities in a diverse field of specialized occupations such as; Machine Operator, Tool and Die work, Automotive Machinist, Field Work, Machine Maintenance Mechanic, CNC Programmer, Quality Control and others.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Set up and operate manual machines including engine lathes, milling
- Program, set up, and operate computer-numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines and lathes
- Operate precision measurement and test equipment used by metals-manufacturing industries
- Properly heat-treat various metals
- Understand and identify the many different materials, processes, and techniques used by the machining industry
- Utilize Virtual GIBBS programming software and SolidWorks modeling software
Skills USA is a nationwide organization; it is also a club at College of Western Idaho. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to enhance their technical and leadership skills. In Skills USA, college students can... more
The purpose of Machinist Club is to share ideas, promote machining, and further education.
There are also extra-curricular activities that students can participate in such as SkillsUSA and the Machinists Club. These organizations provide opportunities for the student to enhance their educational experience while interacting with other classmates.
The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status. More on Title IX
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Machine Tool Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree
Machine Tool Technology, Advanced Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology, Intermediate Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology 1, Basic Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology 2, Basic Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology, Basic Technical Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Sound math and spatial skills
- Solid reading skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Manual dexterity
- Solid reading skills
- Ability to evaluate and make decisions
- Ability to attend class seven hours per day
- Enjoyment of working with others
- Ability to work to precise specifications
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Machinists are highly skilled operators of machine tools that fabricate parts from a wide variety of materials. Working from blueprints, sketches, or their own designs, these technicians produce precision parts with extremely close tolerances.
To view more pictures and information about CWI's Machine Tool Technology program see the HAAS Technical Education website.