Certificate of Completion
Associate of Technical Science Degree


WVC’s Industrial Technology Machining program is designed to meet the needs of those entering or working in the machining industry. With advances in machine and computer technology, the machining industry is undergoing change and creating job opportunities for skilled employees.

The machining program will provide students with foundational machining skills and experiences using current machining technologies and techniques. A graduate of the program will be prepared for entry into the machining industry as a conventional (manual) or CNC (computer numerical control) machinist. Instruction covers conventional turning, milling and grinding, as well as basic programming, set up and operation of CNC machine tools. Other subjects include shop safety, reading engineering drawings, shop mathematics, machine tool theory, as well as lean manufacturing and other skills currently required by the machining/manufacturing industry. In addition, students will be required to complete a job shadowing experience and a program culmination capstone project.

This program offers a two-year associate of technical science degree as well as a certificate of completion in conventional (manual) machining that can be completed in one year. Both are designed to prepare students by integrating theory and practical applications for immediate employment in the machining industry.

To be eligible for the ATS degree or certificate, students must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all required program core courses and maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.

Required Course Sequence:

Associate of Technical Science Degree (requires all first- and second-year courses)
Certificate of Completion (entire first year)

Offered at Wenatchee campus

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Year 1 - Second Quarter

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Year 1 - Third Quarter

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Total Credits for Certificate: 45


Year 2 - All Three Quarters

Required Support Courses for Associate of Technical Science Degree  Credits  
MATH 100T, MATH 98, or higher     5
OCED 102, ENGL 101, or higher         5
BCT 116, CMST 210, CMST220, or higher    3-5
CWE 196 Coop. Work Experience: Job Shadow    1
CWE 296 Coop. Work Experience: Practicum 3
Subtotal 17-19


MATH 98, MATH 100, OCED 102, ENGL& 101: Placement score required.
WELD 128: Students may find it useful to take WELD 128 in winter quarter of the first year since it is a morning offering in winter and fall quarters.

Elective Support Courses of Associate of Technical Science Degree

Total Credits for ATS Degree: 90

Choose Emphasis categories below to complete the 90 credits required. 

Emphasis on Fabrication

Emphasis on Computer Aided Drafting

Emphasis on Computer Systems

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Emphasis on Entrepreneurship

Emphasis on Advanced Manufacturing

Special Projects - 15 Credits

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Program outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Wenatchee Valley College Machining Associate of Technical Science Degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Practice safe and professional conduct required of a machinist.
  • Accurately interpret engineering drawings.
  • Calculate applied equations and formulas.
  • Measure with precision.
  • Properly manage documentation.
  • Setup, program, operate, troubleshoot, and maintain machinery.
  • Operate computers systems efficiently.

Upon completion of the WVC Machining Certificate a successful student should be able to:

  • Maintain professional conduct required for a machinist.
  • Use basic shop hand tools and layout accurately.
  • Properly operate and read precision measuring instruments.
  • Recognize dull or broken tooling and replace or sharpen when needed.
  • Create detailed process plans.
  • Operate manual machinery safely.
  • Demonstrate a practical and technical math reasoning ability.
  • Heat treat and check the properties of a piece of metal.
  • Basic understanding of G-code programming.
  • Read and interpret traditional and GD&T blueprints.
  • Professionally communicate with coworkers and management.
  • Be certified to operate a forklift.
  • Handle, dispose of and/or safely use most hazardous and non-hazardous shop materials.
  • Recognize, troubleshoot and rectify machine cutting problem.