Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Machine Made: Tools to Succeed

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Machine manufacturing has evolved quickly and substantially in the last few decades. Since the 1950s, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines have helped the industry achieve greater consistency and standardization. Now, a half-century later, machine operators use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to control, manipulate and manage precision tool production. Machine manufacturing and tool dies have become increasingly valuable, especially in the production of high-precision tools for high-tech manufacturing and large industrial construction. With such dramatic advancements over time, it pays to have a solid foundation in the art and mathematical science of machine manufacturing.

That’s exactly what you’ll get at PCC. In our machine-manufacturing program, we provide the skills you need to begin a career with the fundamental machining skills and concepts proven over time. Our program provides an opportunity to learn with self-paced, modular courses that provide you with necessary fundamental skills, helping you keep pace with the industry and advance your career.

Degrees and Certificates

  • Associate of Applied Science in Machine Manufacturing Technology
  • CNC Turning certificate
  • CNC Milling certificate
  • Manufacturing Technician certificate
  • Manual Machining Certificate

See the catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Flexible Courses, Fitting Needs

The Machine Manufacturing Technology (MMT) program has been developed specifically in a modular self-paced format, allowing the student to attend courses on a schedule they choose (days or evenings). The program is designed to fit the needs of the student (take one or more modules as you desire); self-paced (learn at your own speed); flexible (select your own attendance schedule, days or evenings); and individualized (a course of study can be tailor-made to fit specific needs).

Existing MMT students are given priority enrollment until the final day of the previous term. New students will be admitted after that time until a predetermined enrollment count is reached. Consult a program advisor through the department to help plan a course of study that will allow you to achieve your educational goals.

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Follow the new student checklist.
  3. Attend a program information session.
  4. Complete any Prerequisites for MMT Admission. All prerequisites must be met or currently in progress to be on the waiting list for Machine Manufacturing Technology.  Students will not be admitted to the first term of the program if they have not met the prerequisites. If you completed your prerequisite courses at another institution, you will need to submit your official transcripts to Student Records for evaluation prior to submitting your Application to the Machine Manufacturing Technology program. You will also want to attach an electronic copy (unofficial) to the MMT application (see next step).
  5. Complete and submit the Machine Manufacturing Technology Application.
  6. Check your MyPCC account frequently for updates on the status of your application. You will be contacted via MyPCC email and given a short time to confirm your interest when you have been moved to the top of the waitlist.

Please Note: The program contains additional costs for tools, uniforms and equipment.