Learn in a setting that mirrors what you'll find in the industry.

If you like to build and create things, are detail-oriented, and like to work with your hands, the Machinist program may be the perfect fit. At Bates, you will learn to use conventional machines, CNC machining centers and turning centers. In this hands-on program, you will complete a series of projects designed to broaden your machining experience. With instructors who have years of experience, and a workshop with the newest equipment available, you will have the opportunity to learn in a setting that mirrors industry.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7008 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  •  AAS degree program length: Six Quarters
  • Certificates of Training: One Quarter
  • National Median Salary$44,420
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings38,000

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science

Certificate of Training

Certificate of Training
CNC Operator

CIP 48.0501 EPC 808

Machinists produce precision parts, tools, and instruments utilizing both manual and computerized machining systems. For over sixty years, the machinist program has prepared students for apprentice positions through local apprenticeship agencies. Instruction contains extensive hands-on experience in the use of traditional precision tooling and machining equipment, as well as sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology including CNC lathes, CNC milling machines, and program-specific software. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

Program Metrics

For a deeper look into our Graduation & Retention rates, visit our Graduation & Retention charts.

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Dan Sanford

    253.680.7285 | Email

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Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.