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Machine Technology

Machine Technology

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Interested in an exciting and rewarding career in precision metal cutting?

With an experienced and dedicated faculty and a large shop filled with state-of-the-art equipment, the Machine Technology Program at Laney College is one of the best in the Bay Area — in fact, it’s one of the best in California!

We have a 100% job placement rate for graduates and starting annual income in the Bay Area ranges from $55k – $87K plus benefits. Right now, we’re unable to meet employer demand for graduates – we need more students!

Fees and costs should not be a barrier to enrollment — the department awards between $20,000 and $50,000 in industry scholarships each year. And you don’t need any prior experience to enroll in the program!

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Spring 2023 Update:

Many courses will be offered face-to-face (“in-person”) only. Lectures and labs will take place on campus.

MACH 20 – CAD with Solidworks

MACH 205 – Engineering Drawings

MACH 206 – Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics

The following courses will be offered as “hybrid” courses with online lectures and face-to-face labs in the machine shop.

MACH 30 – Introduction to CNC Programming

MACH 31 – Advanced CNC with CAD/CAM Programming

MACH 210 – Machine Technology I

MACH 220 – Machine Technology II

MACH 230 – Machine Technology III

*Note that MACH 200 – Special Projects Laboratory is a lab-only course and will be offered face-to-face only.

A Note about Hybrid Instruction

We began offering hybrid courses during the COVID-19 pandemic for health and safety reasons. But we have since found that some courses benefit from the hybrid format and it allows students to achieve greater success. In these courses, the online lectures and demonstrations are pre-recorded, so students can review them whenever their schedules permit. By the time they come in to the machine shop, they are well-prepared to start working on their projects and make the most of lab time. And they can even use the lecture and demonstration videos in the shop to help them with their projects. There are also many opportunities for one-on-one assistance during labs or during office hours held multiple times per week. And we have open hours in the computer lab and Chromebooks for lending to help students succeed in the online part of the course.


Feel free to contact the department chair: Adam Balogh at

What is a Machinist?

A “machinist” is a maker — a precision metal cutter who uses specialized machines to produce precision parts for manufacturing in a wide range of industries, such as green energy, medical device manufacturing, and national defense.

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

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.

Job Classifications

  • Machinist
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Machine Tool Setup Technician
  • CNC Programmer
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Parts Inspector
  • Quality Technician