Information on the alignment requirements for the Machining & Manufacturing Technology Program

CIP Code: 48.0501
CIP Name: Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, test, and repair parts, mechanisms, machines, and structures in which materials are cast, formed, shaped, molded, heat treated, cut, twisted, pressed, fused, stamped or worked.

Approval Status

The Machining & Manufacturing Technology Alignment was originally approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on December 20, 2010. After going through the realignment process, the Technical Education Authority approved the amended Machining & Manufacturing Technology alignment on December 16, 2022. Colleges are granted one academic year from the approval date to implement the alignment. Implementation of amended alignment must be completed by Fall 2024.


The Business and Industry Committee and State Faculty Committee were combined during the Fall 2022 realignment process. The combined committee recommended renaming the Machine Technology program to Machining & Manufacturing Technology to give students a better idea of what the program is about. The Business and Industry Committee recommended removing the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications due to the lack for interest from business/industry and lack of requirements from job postings.

Alignment Map

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Common Courses  (13-14 credit hours)
Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.   These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand. The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

Quality Control & Inspection 1 credit hour  (pdf)
Metallurgy 1 credit hour (pdf)
Bench Work 1 credit hour (pdf)
CNC Operations 3 credit hours (pdf)
Machining I 3 credit hours (pdf)
  OR CNC Milling I 3 credit hours (pdf)
Machining II 3 credit hours (pdf)
  OR CNC Lathe 3 credit hours (pdf)
Machine Tool Processes 1 to 2 credit hours (pdf)

Support Courses (4-8 credit hours)   
Institutions may use existing course titles for Support Courses that adhere to the agreed upon course length and competencies.  

Safety/OSHA 10 or 30 1 to 3 credit hours
Workplace Ethics 1 to 2 credit hours
Print Reading 2 to 3 credit hours 


To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.