Machinists are skilled workers who can transform a block of metal into an intricate part, such as a gear or piston, that meets precise specification. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Many machines are computer numerically controlled (CNC), which means the machinist uses computers to direct the machine’s operation.
Most machine shops are well lighted and ventilated. Machinists wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to protect against machinery noise. They may stand most of the day and may lift moderately heavy work pieces.
- 4-year training program
- 7,888 hours of on-the-job training
- 432 hours of paid related instruction
- Additional hours of unpaid related instruction
- Apprentice must complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course in final year of apprenticeship
Apprentices will learn the theory and skills to operate all the basic machinery found in a well-equipped machine shop, including lathes, drilling machines, metal cutting saws, vertical and horizontal milling machines, and surface and cylindrical grinders.
Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Machinist Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Commercial Avenue
- Madison - Truax
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How to Apply
Machinist apprenticeships applicants must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on his or her own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative for their county. If your employer is in another county in the Madison College District, contact Debbie Schanke at (608) 246-3887.
- Entry requirements vary by employer
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Applicants apply directly to participating employers
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.
Madison College Machinist Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to do the following:
- Blueprint Reading – Understand and interpret the types of lines used on shop drawings and part prints; apply tolerances and symbols; identify threads, tapers, and machined surfaces; and develop good sketching techniques.
- Bench Work – Identify mechanical hardware and hand tools, precision measuring instruments, part layout, threading with taps and dies, files, and hand and power saws, and practice general shop safety
- Engine Lathe Operation – Basic lathe construction; single point tool geometry; high-speed and carbide tool applications; lathe operations, including, turning, facing, grooving, boring, drilling, reaming, threading, taper turning, knurling and cut-off; and safety
- Tool-Room Milling Machine Operation – Vertical mill construction and operation, end milling, side milling, key ways, boring and counter-boring, drilling and reaming, and safety
- Surface and Cylindrical Grinding – Basic construction and operation, wheel selection, work-holding methods and grinder safety
- Metallurgy – Properties and applications of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- Mathematics – Fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, cutting speeds and feeds, basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry
- Jig and Fixture Design – Describe the basic functions of jigs and fixtures, explain the difference between locators and supports, select appropriate clamping mechanisms
- Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) – Utilize CAM programs such as Feature-Cam to produce tool-paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines.
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) – Set up and operate CNC lathes and milling machines using Computer Assisted Manufacturing tool-paths.
- Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM) – Describe the principles of EDM operation, compare electrode materials, discuss electrode machining methods, determine flushing requirements, and relate spark frequency to surface finish and metal removal rates.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2017 2019 Number of Program Graduates 1 5 Number of Surveys Sent Number of Surveys Returned Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment Percent Available for Employment Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market Available for Employment
2017 2019 Graduates Employed Percent of Graduates Employed Employed in Related Occupation Percent Employed in Related Occupation Employed in Unrelated Occupation Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation Employed - No Response Percent Employed - No Response Seeking Employment Percent Seeking Employment Reaction To Training at Madison College
2017 2019 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 0 Number of Satisfaction Responses Very Satisfied (4) Percent Very Satisfied Satisfied (3) Percent Satisfied Unsatisfied (2) Percent Unsatisfied Very Unsatisfed (1) Percent Very Unsatisfied Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2017 2019 Number of Primary Reason Responses Preparation for Getting a Job Percent Preparation for Getting a Job Career Change Percent Career Change Improvement of Existing Skills Percent Improvement of Existing Skills Preparation for Further Education Percent Preparation for Further Education Personal Interest Percent Personal Interest Other Percent Other When Employment was Obtained
2017 2019 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses Before Enrollment Percent Before Enrollment While Attending the College Percent While Attending the College After Training at the College Percent After Training at the College Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2017 2019 Number of Employment Location Responses In College District Percent In College District In Wisconsin, Not in District Percent of In Wisconsin Outside of Wisconsin Percent Outside Wisconsin Employer Location Unknown Percent Location Unknown Salary Trend Salary Trend 2017 2019 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count Average Monthly Wage Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week