Machinist (Turning and Milling)

Certificate program (NITA)

Certificate 5 terms

About Machinist (Turning and Milling) programme

A machinist is a tradesperson who machines using hand tools and machine tools to create or modify a part that is made of metal, plastics, or wood.

A machinist is usually called upon when a part needs to be produced from a material by cutting. Such a part may be unique or may be needed in the thousands. This could include a machinery part for a production line or anything that can be made from metal or plastic. Producing a part will often require several steps and more than one machine tool. Each machine tool plays a specific role in cutting away excess material.

Students of this Machinist certificate program will:

  • gain knowledge in reading blueprints and performing precision measurements.
  • Learn to set up and operate manual mills, lathes, and grinders.
  • Learn to set up and operate computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and mills.
  • Develop skills in maintaining manual and CNC machines. 

Career options

A Machinist certificate program graduate may look forward to careers as a

  • CNC Machinist,
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator,
  • Machinist,
  • Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setter,
  • Operator and Tender,
  • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setter,
  • Operator,
  • Tender.

Entry requirements for Machinist (Turning and Milling)

KCSE Mean Grade D-(Minus) or equivalent

Machinist (Turning and Milling) Course Subjects

  • Lathes
  • Milling
  • Benchwork
  • Drilling Machines
  • Trade Mathematics
  • Safety and Basic Shop Mechanics
  • Measurement, Materials and Cutting Fluid
  • Technical Drawing and Blueprint Reading
  • Technical Drawing and Blueprint Reading
  • Materials/Heat Treatment
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Grinding
  • Lathe Operations
  • Milling
  • Communications
  • CNC Machining
  • Mathematics
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Cutting Tool Technology
  • Machine Tools (Theory)
  • Machine Tools (Shop)

Colleges offering Machinist (Turning and Milling)

Machinist (Turning and Milling)

Railway Training Institute (RTI)
Nairobi County

Machinist (Turning and Milling)

Don Bosco Boys Technical Training Centre
Nairobi County