Academic Catalogs

Tooling, Certificate of Achievement

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Banner Code: 1_CT_MTTL
Control Number: 19544

Earning the Tooling certificate upgrades the skills of the machinist to the point required for profitable employment as an entry-level tool maker, a die maker, or a mold maker. As well as other subjects that must be learned by the beginning tool maker, the Tooling certificate program includes courses in metallurgy, tool and cutter grinding, and welding tooling.

Program Outcome

  1. Manufacture precision tooling for Dies, Molds, and Prototype tooling.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
MACH A100Introduction to Machine Shop3
MACH A105Lathe5
MACH A110Milling Machine5
MACH A115Production Machining Techniques2
MACH A120Measurement and Blueprint Reading3
MACH A121Computations for Machinists3
MACH A125CNC Machine Operation 13
MACH A130Introduction to CNC and Manual Programming3
MACH A175Dimensioning and Tolerancing3
MACH A190Elementary Metallurgy2
MACH A200Tooling2.5
WELD A100Arc & Oxy-acetylene Welding3
Total Units37.5