Machinist Apprenticeship Program Student Programing a Machine

Machinist Apprenticeship Program

Approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor
Certified by NIMS

Program Focus

The Machinist Apprenticeship curriculum is certified by NIMS through periodic testing and accredited by the Department of Labor. It is designed to transform students into skilled machinist over four years. Students are introduced to tools, materials, measuring methods, programming, equipment, and trade terms. Along with on the job training, students receive related training using machines such as computer numerical control (CNC), turning centers, and precision grinders. Students become knowledgeable in reading blueprints, metal varieties, and cutting tools.

The four year Machinist Apprenticeship program is for anyone who is looking for a skilled profession in machining and is willing to work in the machining trade while attending school. There is 16 credits of "related training" that parallels 8,000 hours of "on the job training."


Persons interested in becoming a Machinist Apprentice must be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent. They must be sponsored by an employer that has a machining department and is willing to participate in Alexandria Technical & Community College's Machinist Apprenticeship program. Mechanical aptitude and machining interest are very important. Men or women who are looking to advance themselves in a skilled certified profession in machining should apply.

Machinist Apprenticeship Program Student Machining


  • Introduction to Machining
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Shop Math I
  • Turning I
  • Milling I
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing I
  • Computer Numerical Control I
  • Grinding I (Optional)
  • Machine Tool Theory
  • Turning II
  • Milling II
  • Grinding II (Optional)
  • CNC Milling


  1. Employer sponsor
  2. Employer must sign formal Standards of Apprentice Form
  3. Apprentice must apply for Apprenticeship
  4. Application must be accepted by Alexandria Technical & Community College and State Department of Labor

Job Title

Journeyworker Machinist