Some machinist trade schools or schools offering programs in machinist technology include Mesa Community College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nashville State Technical Community College, Wallace State Community College, Wilbur Wright-Humboldt Park Vocational College and Northern Michigan University. Programs typically ranges from 9 months to 2 years. As of 2015, employers are in need of workers who have the high-precision skills of machinists, according to a CNN report.
A machinist uses specialized tools, technology and equipment to change a material's mechanical properties, shape or surface finish. Machinist programs, such as those found at Mesa Community College and Northern Michigan University, provide hands-on experience to students in addition to courses so that they gain the basic skills needed to enter the workforce as machinists.