Machine Tool Operation

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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 

314201

Credits: 

34.00
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Combine your mechanical aptitude and attention to detail with computer-based design. As a machine tool operator, you will create precision-machined parts that are used in industrial applications from aerospace to consumer product manufacturing. You’ll develop hands-on skills in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, and the machining equipment it controls. You’ll be involved in every phase of part production, working from blueprints and CAD drawings, programming the equipment, machining the parts to exact specifications, and inspecting them to tolerances of 1/30th the diameter of a hair using precision instruments. Skilled machinists are in great demand for specialized tool-making operations and most types of manufacturing. Opportunities for career advancement grow with your experience.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Machine Tool Operation

This program will cost about $5,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Tool And Die Maker; Chart Energy & Chemicals Inc., La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

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Tool and Die Maker

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • MACH 1. Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • MACH 2. Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • MACH 3. Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • MACH 4. Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • MACH 5. Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements

Writing/English: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 56
ACCUPLACER: 60

Reading: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 75
ACCUPLACER: 59

Math/Pre-Algebra: 

ACT: 18
COMPASS: 38
ACCUPLACER: 67

Gainful Employment

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Machine Tool Operation

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