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Machine Technology

Machine Technology

Machine Technology, Industrial Maintenance)

LOCATION: Laney College G-100
Friday, Aug. 9   9:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Meet the instructors, learn about the program, tour the shop, review the curriculum, cover job opportunities
  • Help with Applying to the college, Enrolling in Class, and figuring out which classes you should take.
  • CONTACT: Kathi Roisen LaneyIndustrialMaintenance@gmail.com

MACH 207 (NEW!) – Mechanical Drives (Theory, Operation, Maintenance)
Mon & Wed, 6:00 – 8:15 pm
Introduction to theory, operation and maintenance of mechanical drive components and power transmission systems: Troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, repair of rotary and linear motion components, including bearings, couplings, belt drives, chain drives, gear drives, conveyors, clutches, brakes, adjustable speed drives and linear motion devices, as well as topics such as lubrication and alignment.

MACH 211 (2nd time offered) – Dimensional Metrology
Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Standards and techniques used in dimensional measurement of physical objects: Emphasis on use of gauges, calibration systems and standards. Topics include gauge selection and use, surface plates, optical equipment, and introduction to coordinate measuring machines (CMM).


There is a high demand for machinists, welders and industrial maintenance technicians!

Check out our Machinist Apprenticeship program

The program prepares students for employment as a machinist apprentice, machinist, maintenance machinist, and CNC operator and/or programmer.



Machinists design and manufacture precision parts, from simple pieces such as nuts and bolts to complex, high-tech components. Jobs in the industry range from operating, maintaining, repairing or inspecting machines to designing and creating programs for computer-numerical-control machines. Machine technology extends into tool and die work, maintenance machining, and research and prototyping.

The following skills and qualities are helpful for a career in machine technology:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Interest in problem solving
  • Ability to work independently
  • Math proficiency
  • Computer proficiency
  • Effective Communication: listening, responding, presenting
  • Commitment to continuing skill development throughout career

Highly skilled machinists are currently in great demand. A fall 2005 report by the National Association of Manufacturers states that nearly 90 percent of American employers are unable to hire enough trained personnel. To stay in demand, machinists and machine operators must constantly stay current with technological developments in the field.Graduation from the program with an associate of science (AS) degree provides students with greater communication, critical thinking and self-management skills and improves their chances of finding rewarding, higher-paying positions in the field.

The Program

This program is designed both for entry-level students and experienced craftspeople wanting to upgrade their skills. The up-to-date curriculum provides the current theoretical, technological and practical experience necessary for employment and advancement in the industry, and features the following elements:

  • Theory and design of machine tools and machinery
  • Properties of materials, including heat-treating
  • Laboratory courses focused on hands-on operation of machine tools
  • Technical mathematics
  • Precision measurement and layout and inspection
  • Blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and 3-D solid modeling
  • CNC setup, operation and programming, and CAD/CAM programmingThe program prepares students for employment as:
  • Machinist
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • CNC–CAD/CAM Programmer
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Parts Inspector
  • Machine Technology
Length of Program

Certificate of Completion On completion of the program students receive a certificate of completion in machine technology.

Associate of Science Degree

We highly encourage all students to complete to complete the necessary coursework to receive an associate of science (AS) degree.

Academic Transfer

Some of the courses in this program are transferable to California state universities.

The Laney College Machine Technology program’s commitment to currency in its curriculum ensures that students learn to use the industry’s latest technology, tools and equipment. This commitment is driven by constantly developing industry standards, the program’s industry-based faculty and technology partnerships with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and with local machine shops.