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Machine Tool Technician
Program Code: 32-420-1


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Technical Diploma: Approx. 72 Weeks, 59 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As a machinist, you are a member of the largest group of workers in the metalworking trades. Your work usually involves setting up the machines, operating the controls and checking the accuracy of the work. Examples of your products are metal parts for machinery, transportation, printing and paper companies.

Your success as a machinist is determined largely by your ability to shape metal parts to precise dimensions. In order to do this, you must have good mechanical ability, a knowledge of math, good vision and a temperament to perform exacting work.


Program Description

Training you to operate a wide variety of machine tools skillfully is the major emphasis of the Machine Tool Technician program. You receive instruction in the use of measuring instruments, hand tools, layout tools and layout methods. You learn the operation of lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and saws. Approximately one-third of your course instruction involves basics in computer numerical control machining and programming. After completing the program requirements, you are ready to seek employment in machining industries which produce metal parts or machinery.

In addition to gaining experience on machine tools, you acquire basic skills in blueprint reading, welding, metallurgy/heat treat and drafting. You study and develop an understanding of specific manufacturing processes used in the metal working industry. These include hot and cold metal forming techniques, foundry processes, steelmaking operations, and metal part stamping and forming principles.

Note: You will enroll in Machine Tool as a half-time or full-time option; and in one or more of the related courses depending on the recommended program sequence and specific entry date.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note:The Occupational Specific courses require an Accuplacer Arithmetic Score of 65 or higher and an Accuplacer Reading Score of 54 or higher or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Machine Tool Technician program will be able to:

  • Develop the skills and craftsmanship needed to program and machine parts to industry standards.
  • Measure workpieces with standard inch and metric graduated measuring tools using basic measuring techniques.
  • Read and interpret standard ANSI and ISO blueprints used in the machining industry.
  • Practice safe work habits.
  • Perform basic welding operations and machine weldments.
  • Apply basic mathematical skills, up to and including trigonometry, to calculate dimensions and verify measurements.
  • Develop and demonstrate a strong career commitment.
  • Understand the basic principles of applied physics, as to their impact on operation and maintenance involving machine tools.
  • Communicate using verbal and written skills in ways that honor diversity.
  • Understand material cutting speeds and feeds with regard to proper cutter utilization.
  • Develop an understanding of engineering materials and their application in the production of machined parts.
  • Utilize CAD-CAM applications to develop tool paths and perform computerized numerical control machining operations.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us
For additional information, call or e-mail Jim Kitchen at (920) 831-5486.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.





Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program