Lathe Operator

Program Overview

**Beginning Summer 2022**

The Lathe Operator technical certificate of credit program prepares students to use lathes, lathe set up, and lathe tool grinding.  Emphasis is placed on cutting threads, boring holes to precise measurements, and cutting tapers.  Topics include an introduction to machine tool technology, blueprint reading for machine tool, and basic and advanced lathe operations.

Students are accepted into the Mill Operator certificate program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 1 semester.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 15 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Mill Operator 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.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program receive an Mill Operator technical certificate of credit for 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.



Course Overview

  • MCHT1011Introduction to Machine Tool4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • MCHT1012Print Reading for Machine Tool3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MCHT1119Lathe Operations I4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • MCHT1219Lathe Operations II4 credit hours90 contact hours