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School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties

Manual Machinist (KMAT)

Low Tuition, Fast Results

In Utah, machinists are thriving. At SLCC, the Manual Machining certificate is a short program with a big ROI. If you have an eye for precision, strong spatial awareness and a good dose of dexterity, you could progress through this already low-cost program at a rapid rate, reducing your overall tuition and shortening your time to lucrative employment.

At $1050 per certificate, we’re the lowest-cost local program of our kind. Here’s how we compare to other programs in the region:

  • Bridgerland Technical College – 1440 clock hours (approx. 15 months) - $3,340
  • Davis Technical College – 735 clock hours (approx. 8 months) - $2,186
  • Ogden-Weber Technical College – 900 clock hours (approx. 10 months) - $2,165
  • Mountainland Technical College – 1320 clock hours (approx. 14-15 months) - $1,386
  • Dixie Technical College – 900 clock hours (approx. 10 months) - $2025
  • Salt Lake Community College – 450 clock hours (approx. 5 months) - $1050*

Flexible Scheduling, Start Next Week!

As early as next Monday, you could clock out of your day job and head right into machining class. Your classes will take place at our Westpointe campus from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, and programs start most Mondays during the year. That means you don’t have to wait until fall or spring semester to get started.

Going all in? Full-time students who take class 24 hours a week can complete their certificates in 19-20 weeks (approx. 5 months).

Working around a day job? Part-time students who take class 12 hours a week can complete their certificates in 38-40 weeks (approx. 9 months).

Considering a full degree? The Manual Machining Certificate gives you a head start on our associate’s of science (AS) in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, which can help you keep your options open.

Industry-ready Outcomes

Projected Salary

$22.22 is the average hourly wage in Utah for entry-level positions like these:

  • Machinist
  • Combination Machine Tool Setter and Set-Up Operator

Yearly median salaries range from $34,510 for tool setters and operators to $49,370 for machinists, with a shared earning potential of up to $59,670 and $65,870, respectively.

Utah’s Growing Job Market

Living and studying in Utah gives you a huge advantage over other aspiring machinists. Our workforce is thriving; both Utah salaries and manual machinist job growth rates are well above the national average. From 2018-2023, Salt Lake County anticipates a +9.7% growth in job openings, which is 6.2% above the national growth rate, and Utah’s average hourly wage is $22.22, which is $1.74 above the national average hourly wage. 410 new machinist job postings were listed in Utah from January to May 2019.

For more information about this program, please contact us at or 801-957-4073.

To speak with a manual machining academic advisor and see if this program is right for you, call 801-957-2171.

* We are in the process of adding CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) training to our curriculum starting summer 2020. This will add around 300 clock hours or 3 months to certificate completion time.