These programs provide students the skills and knowledge needed in various manufacturing procedures and operations, including lathe and mill operations and manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining operations. Programs include classroom and laboratory instruction in safety, proper use of hand and power tools, blueprint reading and sketching, precision measuring and layout, setup, operation, clean-up and basic maintenance of lathes, milling machines and surface grinders with extra emphasis on CNC set up and operation.

Choose from an Associate of Applied Science, typically a 2-year program or a Technical Certificate, which is usually completed in a year or less. A Certificate of Completion option is also available to learn one specialized technique or discipline. Click the links below for course information, costs, average earning, placement rates and additional program information.

Degree and Certificate Options
Associate of Applied Science, Machining Technology 62 Credit Hours
Technical Certificate, Machining Technology 39 Credit Hours
Technical Certificate, CNC Operator 20 Credit Hours
Technical Certificate, Manual Machining 22 Credit Hours
Certificate of Completion, CATIA Machining Technology 13 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements & Additional Information

Program Checklist

Course Descriptions

4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226
New students may contact:

Marcus Hernandez
Admissions Counselor,
Academic Advisor


Current students may contact:

Brian Lee
Academic Coach


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316.677.1032 (NCAT)
316.677.1810 (NCAT)


WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 • Chicago, IL 60604 • 800.621.7440

Students interested in this program may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Program Integrity – Gainful Employment

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.


Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) and Wichita State University (WSU) have partnered to make a future in Engineering Technology more accessible to Kansas students. A new Articulation Agreement enables students completing WATC ‘s A.A.S. degree in Machining Technology, Robotics, or Industrial Automation and Machine Maintenance to use their WATC credits in pursuit of a B.S. degree in Engineering Technology at WSU’s College of Engineering. Concentrations are available in Mechatronics or Engineering Technology Management.

For more information about this program, click here or contact WATC Academic Coach Brian Lee at or 316.677-1810.