College of Marin Career Education - Career Pathway Information

Machine & Metals Technology

Machine and metals technology is designed as preparation for entrance into metalworking occupations.

Graduates from the College of Marin Machine and Metals Technology program 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.

This program is currently under revision. Please see a counselor for more information.


Machine & Metals Technology Options – What does COM Offer?

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Machine and Metals Technology Certificate of Achievement (32.5 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):3 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$1514.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$0.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (11.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
MACH 130Welding I2.0
MACH 140Intermediate Machine Tool Processes4.0
MACH 145Computer Numerical Control Machining/Mill3.0
MACH 165Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades2.0
This program is currently under revision. Please see a counselor for more information.
Required Courses (Example 2nd Semester) (12.5 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
MACH 97Machine Trades Math1.5
MACH 155Computer Numerical Control Machining/Lathe2.0
MACH 240Advanced Machine Tool Processes2.0
CIS 101Introduction to Personal Computers and Operating Systems3.0
ELEC 100Fundamentals of Electronics4.0
Required Courses (Example 3rd Semester) (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
MACH 131Welding II2.0
MACH 250Applications of Machine Tool Technology2.0
WE 298BOccupational Work Experience B2.0
ENGG 256Practical Materials Science3.0
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin. Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or
** These courses have prerequisites.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

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.

JOB TITLE: Machinist

  • Annual Earnings: $33,160 to $93,150
  • What They Do: Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines.


  • Annual Earnings: $24,510 to $61,270
  • What They Do: Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

JOB TITLE: CNC Programmer

  • Annual Earnings: $36,350 to $97,110
  • What They Do: Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.


  • Annual Earnings: $29,100 to $88,520
  • What They Do: Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (; data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200


Why Choose College of Marin for Machine & Metals Technology?

  • Affordable: 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.
  • High-Quality Instruction for High Wage Industries: Career education 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.
  • 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.
  • Convenient: COM has two campuses (Kentfield and Novato) and class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule. Evening, weekend, and online classes available for a wide range of scheduling needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.