CNC / Machinist

Prepare for a Rewarding Career in Machining

At Alvin Community College, we are your launching pad for a fulfilling career in machining. Our comprehensive program covers everything from manual milling and turning to advanced CNC skills, equipping you with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in this dynamic field.

Required Courses and Description

A course that introduces the student to machining fundamentals.  The student will use basic machine tools including the lathe, milling machine, drill press, power saw, and bench grinder.  Machine terminology, theory, math, part layout, and bench work using common measuring tools is included.  Emphasis is place on shop safety, house keeping, and preventative maintenance.  Upon completion the student will demonstrate set-up and use of the lathe, milling machine, drill press, power saw, and bench grinder applying good housekeeping, and proper safety.  Use precision instruments to perform bench work including part layout, drilling, reaming, taping, press fitting, location of hole centers and surfaces; set up power saws for cutoff operation; demonstrate tooling maintenance and hazardous material handling.  Perform preventative maintenance.  Interpret blueprints.

A continuation of Basic Machine Shop I. UPon completion the student will identify machine parts and their functions; select layout tools and techniques; define machine shop terminology; perform basic machine setups; calculate common shop formulas; perform semi-precision layout; demonstrate basic machine operations; and apply proper measuring tools.  Demonstrate industry standard safety practices. 

Programming and operation of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine shop equipment.  Upon completion the student will demonstrate operations of CNC machine controls; compare and contrast the differences between conventional and CNC machines; utilize CNC machine applications for machining operations. 

Advanced CNC operation with an emphasis on programming and operations of machining and turning centers.  Upon completion the student will be able to set up and operate CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers; select proper tooling with correct speeds and feeds; and produce a part to specific tolerances. 

Upcoming Classes

Course No. Dates Days & Time Room Instructor
CEMCHN 1038 01 10/9/23 - 12/8/23 MWF 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM D117/D117B Kalinec
CEMCHN 1041 01 1/22/24 - 3/9/24 MWF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM D117/D117B Kalinec
CEMCHN 2003 01 3/18/24 - 5/6/24 MWF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM D117/D117B Kalinec
CEMCHN 2035 01 5/13/24 - 7/24/24 MTW 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM D117/D117B Kalinec


In District Tuition & Fees $4,305.60 | Out of District Tuition & Fees $4,445.60

Tuition and fees are subject to change.