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Machining Technology

Thank you for your interest in the Machining Technology program at Texas State Technical College Harlingen. As a student at TSTC Harlingen, you will be awarded endless opportunities to fulfill your educational goals. TSTC students enjoy a hands-on learning environment that promotes continued educational growth.

TSTC is constantly evolving and providing programs to compete with the specialized fields of the working world. TSTC Harlingen offers Certificates of Completion in Machinist and Toolmaker. In addition, the program offers Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Mold, Tool, & Die Making. Graduates of the program can have career opportunities that offer a sense of responsibility, personal growth, achievement and financial reward.


An increasing amount of responsibilities for general machine tool die and plastic injection molding entry-level employees rests with your ability to operate Computer Numerically Controlled equipment. Thanks to cooperative training arrangements between our program and private industry, you’ll work in clean, modern machine-shop facilities.

Our program prepares graduates for positions as tool and die makers that manufacture and repair cutting tools, dies and fixtures that are used to process materials – usually metal. You will use technical drawings, calculate dimensions and tolerances, set up metal-working machinery, read blueprints, apply heat treatments, assemble and test tools, and verify the conformance of finished products.

Good communications skills, analytical skills and flexibility are becoming increasingly important in the job marketplace as manufacturing companies become more competitive in a global economy. In the U.S. machining industry, an estimated 15,000 companies employ more than 400,000 toolmakers and precision machinists. Your projects involving horizontal and vertical mills, engine lathes, drill presses, shapers, surface and pedestal grinders, and new CNC equipment put you at a pace to join that work force.

Career opportunities within the program vary between options and I encourage you to visit the program and find out which choice is right for you. TSTC can provide you with the knowledge to achieve your goals. For more information or to schedule a tour, I encourage you to contact the Machining Technology program at 956.364.4632 or the TSTC College Information Office at 956.364.4117.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Rick Limas

Program Chair

Machining Technology:
voice: 956.364.4632
fax: 956.364.5191
   Department Chair:
Rick Limas
voice: 956.364.4632
fax: 956.364.5191
Email: Machining Technology
   Mailing Address:
Machining Technology
TSTC Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
   Location:
The Machining Technology office is located in the Industrial Technology Building. Building "I"
   Office Hours:
M - F: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat., Sun.: Closed