Skill Certifications

Targeted workforce training

Gaston College

201 Highway U.S. 321 S
Dallas, NC 28034
(704) 922-6200

Computer-Integrated Machining

The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production, resulting in a finished product.

Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, computeraided drafting (CAD), computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement, and high-speed multi-axis machining.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapidprototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations.

Most courses taken in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Integrated Machining.

Programs offered include:
Diploma of Computer-Integrated Machining Program
Certificate of Manual and CNC Turning Program
Certificate of Manual and CNC Milling Program
Certificate of (CNC) Computer Numerical Control and (CAM) Computer Aided Manufacturing Program

For more information, contact Steve Stokes - Department Chair at (704) 922-6395 or by email at

Industrial Systems Technology

The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum is designed to prepare or upgrade individuals to safely service, maintain, repair, or install equipment. Instruction includes theory and skill training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems. Students will learn multi-craft technical skills in print reading, mechanical systems maintenance, electricity, hydraulics/pneumatics, welding, machining or fabrication, and includes various diagnostic and repair procedures. Practical application in these industrial systems will be emphasized and additional advanced course work may be offered. Upon completion of this curriculum, graduates should be able to individually, or with a team, safely install, inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain industrial process and support equipment. Students will also be encouraged to develop their skills as life-long learners.

Programs offered include:
Industrial Systems Technology Diploma
Industrial Maintenance Mechanics Technician Certificate
Industrial Safety Certificate
Industrial Maintenance Certificate

For more information, contact Donna English - Coordinator at (704) 922-6398 or by email at

Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma

The primary objective of the Diploma Program of the Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum is to introduce students to the employment opportunities in mechanical engineering technology. The objective is fulfilled through the study and application of mechanical engineering technology courses.

For more information, contact Thomas Nortey - Department Chair at (704) 922-6306 or by email at

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology is a course of study that prepares the students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and testing automated, servo mechanical, and other electromechanical systems.

Course work includes instruction in prototype testing, manufacturing and operational testing, systems analysis and maintenance procedures.

Graduates should be qualified for employment in industrial maintenance and manufacturing including assembly, testing, startup, troubleshooting, repair, process improvement, and control systems, and should qualify to sit for Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), mechatronics, or similar industrial credentialed examinations.

For more information, contact Thomas Nortey - Department Chair at (704) 922-6306 or by email at

Welding Technology

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal working industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses may include math, print reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing providing the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

Programs offered include:
Welding Technology Diploma
Welding Technology Certificate - Level I
Welding Technology Certificate - Level II

For more information, contact Tom Whitaker - Coordinator at (704) 922-6397 or by email at


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