The Anoka Technical College Machinist diploma is a 32-credit program.  Our program prepares students for entry level skills to setup and operate the following equipment: 

  • Manual lathes
  • Drills
  • Mills
  • Grinders
Graduates are also skilled in:
  • Blueprint reading
  • Geometrics
  • Statistical process control
  • Math
  • Inspection
  • Correct sequence of operation required

The Machinist diploma also serves as the foundation of the CNC Machinist diploma.

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Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in shop math and algebra, mechanical drafting, machine shop and mechanical skills can be helpful.

Also see Graduation Requirements.


 MACH1100 Machine Technology I
 MACH1120 Machine Technology II
 MACH1131 Blueprint Reading/CAD I
 MACH1170     Math for Machinist I       3
 MACH1200 Machine Technology III
 MACH1220 Machine Technology IV
 MACH1231 Blueprint Reading/CAD II
 MACH1240 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
 MACH1261 CNC Programming I
 MACH1270 Math for Machinist II       2

Program Sequence

 First Semester
 MACH1100  Machine Technology I 7
 MACH1120  Machine Technology II
 MACH1131  Blueprint Reading/CAD I
 MACH1170  Math for Machinist I
 Second Semester
 MACH1200  Machine Technology III
 MACH1220  Machine Technology IV
 MACH1231  Blueprint Reading/CAD II
 MACH1240  GD & T
 MACH1250  CNC I       2
 MACH1261  CNC Programming I       3
 MACH1270  Math for Machine II       2

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Machinist diploma program is a prerequisite for the CNC Machinist diploma program.

The Machinist diploma also has credit transferability to the CNC Manufacturing Technology diploma and associate in applied science (AAS) degree programs.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

The machinist is a skilled metal worker who produces metal parts by using machine tools and hand tools.

Machinist working in this field would be expected to setup and operate manual lathes, drills, mills and grinders. They should be able to inspect and produce parts to the desired dimensions under proper supervision.

Training and experience enable the machinist to plan and carry through all the operations needed to turn out a finished machine product and to switch readily from one kind of product to another.

The machinist’s background and knowledge enables him/her to turn a block of metal into an intricate, precise part. All options are an art as well as a skill, and are considered to be demanding occupations.

There is a great variety in the construction of dies and molds, depending on the design of a part, the type of materials used, the ingenuity of the designer, and the knowledge and skill of the die and mold maker, who must machine intricate components of various tooling to tolerances expressed in fractions of 1/1000 of an inch.  


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Jerry Showalter

“Anything that is built, a machinist has helped produce. Machinist jobs are not going away, they are simply changing. Our students are people who want to work with their hands and their minds. Our program at Anoka Technical College will turn these students into crafts people who respond to changes in industry demand and get the job done right.”