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Machine and Metals Technology | Industrial Technology | College of Marin

Career Options

  • Welder
  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • Metalworker

Career Profile

Careers in Machine and Metals Technology involve using tools and machinery to produce or modify precision parts and instruments. 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.


  • Make precision metal parts.
  • Work with lathes, drill presses, milling machines, and more.
  • Read, interpret and apply blueprints for manufactured work pieces.
  • May apply CNC program codes, tools and software.
  • Use many types of tools and measuring instruments.
  • May use computer-aided design (CAD).

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate in Machine & Metals Technology at College of Marin.

Machinist working in a machine shop

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Machine and Metals Technology – 28.5 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2-3 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $1,527 in tuition and fees; $350 in books & supplies.

Why College of Marin?

  • 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.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Machine & Metals Technology Dept.

Arthur Lutz (415) 457-8811 x8518

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?

You can take all the classes in 3 semesters. And, you can take the classes in any order.

Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.