Career Options

  • Welder
  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • Metalworker

Career Profile

Careers in Machine and Metals Technology involve using tools and machinery to produce or modify precision parts and instruments. Machinists may use both mechanically controlled and computer-controlled machine tools and may work in a tool room, factory, or machine shop. Some machinists are promoted to supervisor or manager jobs, or open their own shops.


  • Make precision metal parts.
  • Work with lathes, drill presses, milling machines, and more.
  • Read, interpret and apply blueprints for manufactured work pieces.
  • May apply CNC program codes, tools and software.
  • Use many types of tools and measuring instruments.
  • May use computer-aided design (CAD).
Machinist working in a machine shop

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Machine and Metals Technology – 40 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 3 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,002 in tuition and fees; $350 in books & supplies.

Why College of Marin?

  • High-Quality Instruction for High Wage Industries: CTE programs at College of Marin prepare students for high-wage and high-demand careers at a fraction of the expense of private programs. Our graduates enter the workforce with  comprehensive work skills and the ability to be innovative critical thinkers. Our instructors are highly experienced industry professionals recognized as experts in their respective fields who understand their industry’s needs and trends.
  • Affordable and Accessible: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify. Class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.


Study in the field of Machine and Metals Technology is designed as preparation for entrance into metalworking occupations. Graduates may enter the fields dealing with industrial production, prototype construction, special die work, or research and development.

The courses in welding are designed to provide opportunity for the development of skills, knowledge, and experience for employment in the occupation and as auxiliary experience for persons in other majors.


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    • (415) 485-9430

Machine & Metals Technology Dept.

(415) 457-8811 x8518

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?

You can take all the classes in 3 semesters. And, you can take the classes in any order.

Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.