A four-year college degree is not necessary when you’re interested in getting a job as a machinist. However, as mentioned, it is usually necessary to receive specific machinist training, and this training is often offered as an apprenticeship through the company, or by completing a machinist program at a vocational school or technical college. Some schools do offer associate’s degree program for machinists. These programs usually include classes in the math skills that are necessary, as well as the computer skills used to program lathes and other current machining equipment.
Once you have completed these training programs and worked for a number of years as a machinist, you may be able to advance by becoming a foreman, which would mean you would supervise other machinists.