Engineering Machining Technology Program

The Engineering Machining Technology Program provides students with an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to enter the workplace as competent, entry-level machinists. Course work incorporates the theory and practice of machining and manufacturing from tooling operations, safety, layout and planning, and programming to engineering design methodology and process improvement. Computer applications are part of the program including computer-aided drawing/modeling and computer-aided manufacturing. Students use machining skills to solve basic design-related problems. The program provides foundational learning in regards to critical thinking and problem solving using engineering methods.

SFCC Offers a Certificate in Engineering Machining Technology, which requires 41 credit hours of technical training, and an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Machining Technology, which requires 41 credits of technical training and 21 credits of general education courses.


  • Demonstrate safe work habits that reflect concern and care for self, others and the environment.
  • Apply industry-related mathematics and blueprint reading to machining processes.
  • Machine parts to industry standards of tolerance and finish using manual machine tools.
  • Machine parts to industry standards of tolerance and finish using computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.
  • Produce machined parts that meet or exceed standards from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
  • Demonstrate skills in quality control, inspection, and process improvement.

Students can pay for their machining studies in two ways

  • Apply during the summer to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) machining cohort and start attending courses full-time in the fall. Students supported by LANL have their tuition, fees, books, and class time paid for by LANL and receive training at the national lab.
  • Start any semester, full-time or part-time and apply for the Gene Haas Scholarship. Full-time students can receive $500 per semester and part time students can receive $300. These scholarships can be used for tuition, fees and required books and tools. They can be combined with other financial aid and other scholarships like the Opportunity Scholarship and the Lottery Scholarship.

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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