Machinist Operations

Certificate of Proficiency   |  Ozark Campus  |  In-Person  


The Certificate of Proficiency in Machinist Operations program prepares students for entry into the manufacturing of mechanical parts.

In the production of precision metal parts, students will use lathes, milling machines, welders, and grinders.  Machinist operators work in machine shops, manufacturing, and tool rooms.  Employment projects are based on replacing an aging workforce and potential manufacturing growth in the region.

This certificate of proficiency may be applied to the Technical Certificate in Industrial Electronic Technology and the Associate of Applied Science degree in Automation Technology.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Students work on equipment in a lab setting.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and work pieces.
  • Measure, examine and test completed products for defects.
  • Modify finished work pieces.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines.
  • Read blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided (CAD) designs.
  • Setup, operate, and disassemble CNC machine tools.
  • Smooth surfaces of parts or products.
  • Turn, mill, drill, shape and grind machine parts to specification.


About This Degree


Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • Machine operator
  • Machine programmer
  • Machine setup person
  • Quality assurance

Alumni of our program work at:

  • AAM
  • ABB
  • Big River Roller
  • Rockline Industries


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Automation Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Technical Certificate in Industrial Control Systems

Point of Pride

ATU Ozark students won 1st place in the State of Arkansas at the last Skills USA Robotics competition in Little Rock.


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.


program faculty



Ron Hutain
Program Chair

Electronics Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext 6640



Jody Chrisman

Electronics Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6641