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Machine Technology

Machine Technology

Stylized Milling Cutter with Text: Machine Technology Now Enrolling for Spring 2021!Check out our Machine Technology flyer!

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*Note: With the exception of the center picture, all of the pictures above were taken during face-to-face labs in the machine technology department at Laney College during the Fall 2020 semester. The picture in the center of the grid was taken earlier in 2020 which is why that student is not wearing a face mask.

Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021. Some “essential” career education classes will conduct face-to-face lab sections. Be aware that this is subject to change depending on prevailing conditions in Alameda County. It is possible that the start date for these classes will be delayed or that they may be cancelled entirely. We sincerely hope that doesn’t happen!

How Does This Affect Machine Technology?

The following courses in the machine technology department will be offered online only:

MACH 20 – CAD with Solidworks

MACH 205 – Engineering Drawings

The following courses will be offered in a “hybrid” mode of instruction:

MACH 31 – Advanced CNC and CAD/CAM Programming

MACH 206 – Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics

MACH 208 – Theory, Operation, and Maintenance of Industrial Pumps

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.

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 Spring 2021!

MACH 208 – Theory, Operation, and Maintenance of Industrial Pumps

Asynchronous online lecture

3 hours face-to-face lab per week (Saturdays 11:00am-1:50pm or 2:00pm-4:50pm)

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 industrial pumps: Repair, seals, and alignment for variety of pump applications for water, wastewater, and industrial applications.

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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