Engineering Machining Technology

If you enjoy machine technology and problem-solving using engineering methods, an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Machining Technology degree from Santa Fe Community College can launch you into an exciting career as an entry-level machinist.

Part-time students (6-11 credits) can receive a scholarship of $300 per semester, and full-time students (12 or more credits) can receive $500. New students are eligible, and continuing students must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5. In addition, students must:

  • declare a major in the Engineering Machining Technology AAS
  • be New Mexico residents
  • file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dreamers Financial Aid Application

The Gene Haas Scholarship can be combined with other scholarship options like the Opportunity Scholarship and the Lottery Scholarship.

For more information on scholarships and links to applications, go to

Students accepted into the cohort will receive LANL support during their education at SFCC.   The LANL cohort will attend classes on campus Monday through Thursday and participate in a machining technologies internship at LANL on Fridays.

LANL Cohort Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled as majoring in Engineering Machining Technology
  • Test scores
    • Accuplacer: at least 247 on reading portion, 253 on writing portion and 233 on quantitative reasoning/algebra/ statistics portion, OR
    • ACT: at least 16 on the math portion, and 19 on the reading and writing portion, OR
    • SAT: at least 240 on the reading portion and 440, on the math
    • WorkKeys level score of at least 3 on Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents tests. WorkKeys assessment is required when available.
    • Applicants may be required to submit additional assessment results as part of the application process. If additional assessments are required, SFCC will contact applicants with more information.

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for your placement test. Free study guides are available at the Testing Center and the Welcome and Advising Center or can be downloaded from For information on preparing for WorkKeys, visit

Benefits of LANL support

Students who qualify and are accepted into the LANL cohort will receive the following benefits, provided by LANL:

  • Tuition and fees for a full-time student
  • Paid student internship at LANL, which will meet on Fridays
  • Student/intern pay while physically in class (based on standard SFCC contact hours),
  • Initiation of the security clearance process, and
  • Potential conversion to full-time employment upon completion of the 62 credit hour program, providing the student meets all LANL eligibility requirements.

Additional LANL requirements

  • 3.0 GPA (From High School or College ONLY IF existing student)
  • Current resume
  • Maintain eligibility in LANL student program while enrolled in SFCC program
  • Register at SFCC as full-time student (12 to 18 credit hours)
  • Eligible for Q-level DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship except in very rare circumstances generally not present in this program.
  • Pass Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing (no drug use in the past 12 months)
  • Pass Background Check
  • Attend SFCC full-time for four semesters (fall and spring) and complete the Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Machining Technologies (62 credits) with a 3.0 GPA as determined by SFCC academic process.
  • If offered a conversion to full-time employment by Los Alamos National Laboratory after successfully completing the program, commit to LANL employment for no less than 3 years. Failure to fulfill this commitment may result in the repayment of tuition and fees.                                 

Apply for the LANL Cohort

Read the detailed program information and application checklist, fill out the application, and submit with all required documents by email to or by mail to  Erin Lopez-Trask, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM  87508. Applications are due Friday, June 10, 2022. Additional applications may be considered after this date if space is available.


LANL Cohort Program Information
LANL Cohort Application

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