Machine Technology

Machine Technology

Program Overview

The associate in science degree and certificate options in machining and manufacturing technology at Allan Hancock College will prepare you for a well-paying career in advanced manufacturing.

The program is open to everyone from novices who want to survey or sample manufacturing classes to manufacturing workers who wish to improve the skills they use at work.  In addition to machining classes on all levels, there are classes in operational excellence or Lean Manufacturing, blueprint reading, shop math and measurement and 3D modeling using SolidWorks.  In addition to the face-to-face classes on the Santa Maria campus, the program offers online courses in Industrial Safety, Maintenance Awareness and Mastercam.

As a graduate of the machine technology program, students will have mastered the techniques used in advanced manufacturing, machining and programming. In just two years students will obtain the skills necessary to begin a career in the high-tech world of advanced manufacturing.

Why choose a career in advanced manufacturing?

  • Opportunities for employment are good for both men and women in advanced manufacturing  
  • Employers continually look for workers with experience in CAD/CAM and CNC programming knowledge  
  • Technical and applied mathematical academic skills in the manufacturing and product development industries are in demand
  • New technologies are continually emerging allowing workers to develop a broad range of skills


According to the Employment Development Department, the median wage in 2015 for Machinists in California is $20.65 hourly.


Robert Mabry
Associate Professor of Machining and Manufacturing
(805) 922-6966 x 3487



Industrial Technology Department, Building O
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3335


Classes are offered in the day and in evenings.

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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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Last Modified Dec 16, 2015