Machine Shop Classes

Learn the secrets of machining to drive sharp cutting tools using lathes, milling machines and drill presses—and make precise, accurate cuts. Machining is used on engines, bicycles, appliances, kinetic or mechanical projects, and much more. Our machine shop has lab time available for new students to perfect their machining skills and for experienced workers to work on personal projects.

Upcoming Bay Area Machine Shop Courses

Browse below for all upcoming Machine Shop classes. Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all upcoming Crucible classes are in-person with strict health and safety policies in place for students, faculty, and staff. You must review all Crucible policies before registering.

Meet The Machine Shop Department Head: Ian Wenck

At age 17, an eager High Schooler named Ian Wenck got a waiver to take an adult Blacksmithing class at The Crucible. On his way to the Smithy he passed the Machine Shop and was immediately intrigued. For the last decade, he has practiced and studied machining independently and at Diablo Valley College.

As Department Head, Ian hopes to expand the Machine Shop’s offerings in the coming months and years, he also wants to remain true to machining’s origins.

“I want the shop to very much keep its roots as a manual machine shop,” Ian explained, “And also update the program to reflect where machining is going as a whole with computer-controlled machines. I want it to be a machining and manufacturing program.”

While Ian works to expand our Machine Shop he hopes you’ll join him in a class to learn how things are made. Like Ian says, “Anyone and everyone is welcome in the Machine Shop.”

Machine Shop Adult Classes

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching different machine shop techniques. Whether you want to master techniques in turning and milling or learn the fundamentals of the lathe, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of machine shop classes offered below.

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3-Hour Taster: Machine Shop

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. Learn how to safely operate a mill and lathe, while working on a brass headed hammer to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.

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Fundamentals of Machine Shop

Learn the fundamentals of Machine Shop theory and practice! Over this two-day course, you will be provided with a detailed handout packet and make a small project using basic machine tools, including the horizontal and vertical band-saws and the drill press.

Machine Shop Lab

Machine Shop Lab

Lab sessions are a great benefit! Practice the skills you learned in class and explore new possibilities with your craft, or work on a personal project. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however, you must provide your own materials.

PREREQUISITE: Fundamentals of Machine Shop or Turning and Milling and a current Crucible membership.

The Mother Machines: Turning and Milling

Turning and Milling

Learn to fabricate metal parts using the lathe and vertical milling machine. Instruction includes machine design and operation, materials, blueprint reading, cutting feeds and speeds, tooling and precision measurement. The mill and lathe are the cornerstones of any machine shop and can produce pieces with great precision, repeatability, and accuracy. The goal of this class is to explore the capabilities and scope of these versatile machines through a series of machined projects in aluminum, brass, and steel.

Machine Shop Youth Classes

We do not currently offer youth classes in our Machine Shop Department. You can see all The Crucible’s offerings for youth here.

Being Prepared For Your Machine Shop

Machine Shop classes are held on the first floor of our building. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and we will be happy to accommodate.

Students must arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. In the Machine Shop, it is particularly important that you don’t wear anything with loose threads or pieces that hang off as it could get caught in the machines.

The Crucible requests students always arrive in studio safe clothing when working. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot.

Ready to get hands-on in Machine Shop?

The Crucible has Machine Shop classes starting each month