Advanced General Machinist

Program Overview

The Advanced General Machinist technical certificate of credit provides training for graduates to gain employment as machine tool technicians.  Emphasis is placed on advanced grinding, milling, and lathe operations.

Students are accepted into the Advanced General Machinist program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 20 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Advanced General Machinist program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$30,000.00 – $40,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $2,662.00
Books & Supplies: $20.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program receive an Advanced General Machinist technical certificate of credit for advanced placement in the machining field.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.

Additional admission requirements:
1. Must have completed the Precision Machining and Manufacturing degree or diploma program, or have a minimum of three years work experience at the machinist level.



Course Overview

  • AMCA2010Advanced Milling I4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2030Advanced Milling II4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2050Advanced Lathe Operations I4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2070Advanced Lathe Operations II4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • AMCA2080Advanced Grinding I2 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AMCA2090Advanced Grinding Operations II2 credit hours60 contact hours