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Manual Machinist

  • Certificate
  • 30 credits
  • 1 Year
  • Delivery Method: On-Campus

Why Study Manual Machinist at LSC?

It’s been said that a machinist is to metal as a woodcarver is to wood. Machinist’s cut parts from metal or plastic and uniquely fit them by hand. A manual machinist differs from a CNC (computerized numerical control) programmer. CNC programmers manufacture many identical parts. Manual machinists produce custom parts in limited quantities using mills, lathes and other manually operated tools. Interested? Get your manual machinist certificate at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN and get to work!

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  • LSC is my TOP CHOICEfor CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
    I love my job at IKONICS. My CNC degree from LSC trained me well for this always challenging, high-tech position as a CNC programmer. Matt Gildner
    Alum, CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
  • LSC is my TOP CHOICEfor Welding
    I loved the Lake Superior College welding program. It’s a great program, very hands-on. Nicole Okstad
    Alum, Welding
  • LSC is my TOP CHOICEfor CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
    I have a four year degree. I worked at a job 25 years. I decided it was time to reinvent myself. Jay
    CNC Programmer – Machine Technology

Career Information

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development, and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to gather valuable career information such as wage reports, career outlook, job prospects, industry trends, and career opportunities. These tools are available to help empower students to make informed decisions about their educational and professional paths.

Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Manufacturing right for you?

Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made, or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes, or electronic devices.

Plan Your Education

The Manual Machinist Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

View approximate total tuition and fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

This program may be completed in 1 year if prerequisites are complete.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Manufacture mating parts and assemblies
  • Use milling fixtures
  • Machine compound angles
  • Design and build jigs & fixtures
  • Inspect products for quality
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