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Machine Technology

Machine Technology

Stylized Milling Cutter with Text: Machine Technology Now Enrolling for Fall 2020!Check out our Machine Technology flyer!

Fall 2020 Update:

In order to maintain social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Peralta Community College District has decided to offer almost all courses online for Fall 2020. Some “essential” career education classes will conduct face-to-face lab sections starting September 14th.

How Does This Affect Machine Technology?

The following courses in the machine technology department will follow the regular academic calendar starting on August 24th and will be offered online only:

MACH 20 – CAD with Solidworks

MACH 205 – Engineering Drawings

The following courses will be offered on a late start schedule starting on September 14th and will be offered in a “hybrid” mode of instruction:

MACH 30 – Introduction to CNC Programming and CAD/CAM Technology

MACH 207 – Theory, Operation, and Maintenance of Mechanical Drives

MACH 210 – Machine Technology I

MACH 211 – Dimensional Metrology

MACH 220 – Machine Technology II

MACH 230 – Machine Technology III

What Does “Hybrid” Mean Exactly?

A “hybrid” course is one which is taught partially online and partially face-to-face. “Hybrid” courses in the machine technology department will have combined online lectures and limited-capacity face-to-face labs. During online lectures, students will watch videos and submit assignments. During face-to-face labs, students will get hands-on practice on the machines.

Don’t Worry!

You may have some reservations about online learning, especially as a way to learn practical, hands-on skills. But there are actually many benefits to online learning.

In online lectures:

  • The course is flexible to fit your schedule. Most of the important concepts in the course will be presented in prerecorded videos on YouTube and written assignments will be available on Canvas – our learning management software. So, you can learn at any time, 24-7-365, whatever works for you.
  • The course content is clearly organized into an easy-to-navigate structure, so you always know what you need to do next as well as how to find assignments and look up your grades.

In face-to-face labs:

  • Labs will have a limited enrollment capacity to maintain social distancing. That’s good news for students, because it means we are offering more lab sections from which to choose and, since there aren’t as many students vying for the attention of the instructor, each student will get more one-on-one guidance.
  • Furthermore, we are fully supplied with personal protective equipment and we have developed guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.


Feel free to contact the department chair: Adam Balogh at

NEW COURSES for Fall 2020!

MACH 207 – Theory, Operation, and Maintenance of Mechanical Drives

Asynchronous online lecture

4 hours face-to-face lab per week (Monday 5:30pm-9:20pm)

Units: 3

Prerequisite(s): MACH 210 and 205 (Prerequisites may be waived if student has experience with print reading and use of precision tools. For waiver, contact the department chair: Adam Balogh at

Description: 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 – Dimensional Metrology

Asynchronous online lecture

3 hours face-to-face lab per week (Saturday 8:00am-10:50am)

Units: 3

Prerequisite(s): MACH 210 (Prerequisites may be waived if student has experience with print reading and use of precision tools. For waiver, contact the department chair: Adam Balogh at

Description: 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 the Machinist Apprenticeship program!

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

What is a Machinist?

Basically, a machinist is a person who gets paid to make cool stuff with power tools. 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
  • Blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and 3-D solid modeling
  • CNC setup, operation and programming, and CAD/CAM programming

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 local industry.

Potential Employment

  • Machinist
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • CNC–CAD/CAM Programmer
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Parts Inspector
  • Machine Technology


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