College of Technology

Computerized Machining Technology

Program Description

The trained machinist makes a vital contribution to the technological development of modern society. All types of manufacturing processes require machining skills to set up and operate machine tools to produce precision parts based on blueprints, written, and verbal information.

This program provides students with the opportunity to develop machining skills through the operation of conventional machine tools such as lathes, mills, and grinders as well as to obtain basic and intermediate level experience running:

  • computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and mills,
  • computer-aided drafting (CAD), and
  • computer-aided machining (CAM).

The curriculum is comprehensive and industry based covering industry-specific knowledge and general workplace competencies. Approximately two thirds of each day is spent in the machine shop, producing actual machined parts.

Program Overview

This program is ATMAE Accredited Program Statistics
  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students each year
  • Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

Degree Options

Career Opportunities

  • Aerospace products and parts manufacturer
  • Medical device companies
  • Custom motorcycle and auto production
  • General machine shops
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 320
rSAT English: 360 Math: 360
ACT English: 14 Math: 14
ALEKS Math: 14
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Pre-Algebra: 38

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209