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Machine Technology

Machine Technology

Machine Technology, Industrial Maintenance)

Location: Laney College G-100 (corner of 7th St. & Fallon)
– Wednesday, January 8  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– Saturday, January 11   10:00 am – noon
– Tuesday, January 14  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– Saturday, January 18 10:00 am – noon

  • 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: Louis Quindlen     lquindlen@peralta.edu

MACH 208 – Theory, Operation, and Maintenance of Industrial Pumps
Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm   MACH 208 Spring 2020 Flyer
Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): MACH 210 and 205. (Prereqs may be waived if student has experience with print reading and use of precision tools. See Louis Quindlen for waiver.)
Description: Introduction to theory, operation, and maintenance of industrial pumps: Repair, seals, and alignment for variety of pump applications for water, wastewater, and industrial applications.


MACH 206 – Industrial Hydraulics & Pneumatics
Monday, 5:30 pm – 9:20 pm
Units: 2
Prerequisite(s): None
Description: Introduction to theory and operation of hydraulic & pneumatic systems: principles, components, symbols, and applications from systems development and troubleshooting perspectives. Emphasis on components and their operation in hydraulic & pneumatic circuits. Maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for systems, system components and manufacturing assembles.


MACH 210 – Introduction to Machining
Monday / Wednesday, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm; OR
Monday / Wednesday, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Units: 5
Prerequisite(s): None
Description:  Introduction to the operation and theory of machine tools focusing on shop safety: Blueprint reading and engineering drawings, precision measurement, layout, tool grinding, speed and feed calculations, drill-press operation, lathe operation (turning and threading), and mill setup and operation.



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.