Machinist Student


4-year, 16-credit Apprenticeship

Using raw materials, namely metals, machinists operate a variety of computer- and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce intricate, precision parts that are used in various industries. Machinists possess the skills to take a single part through an entire operational procedure to completion. In the Machinist apprenticeship, learn to work with conventional and CNC machines, vertical and horizontal milling machines, grinders, drill presses and metal cutting saws. In addition, gain knowledge in industrial math, applied communications and human relations.

Additional details about this program:

  • Obtain employment with approval for apprenticeship training.
  • The State of Wisconsin oversees the apprenticeship system and will contact WCTC to set a class schedule.
  • The schedule will be sent to the student from WCTC. (Application to WCTC is not necessary by the student.)
  • Obtain further information about apprenticeship programs by contacting the local apprenticeship representative by visiting the State‚Äôs Department of Workforce Development website.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $42,000-$74,000
    • Average Salary: $57,505
    • Median Salary: $57,058
    • Average Hourly Wage: $22.11

Program Code 50-420-2

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 804-504 Industrial Math I1  
 420-520 Metals Trade Theory I3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 804-505 Industrial Math II1+ 
 420-521 Metals Trade Theory II3 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-504 Safety Machine Tool Apprentice.5 *
 420-525 Machinist Theory I3.5 *
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-527 Machinist Theory II3.5 *
 420-505 OSHA Machine Trade Apprentices.5 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.