Machine Tool Technology prepares the student for a promising career in the growing metalworking industry as a tool and die maker, tool inspector, machinist, CNC operator/programmer, foreman, manufacturing process technician, or quality/production control technician. Students learn to use standard machine tools—milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses, and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment. In addition, students learn how to build tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and intricate mechanisms, and they study the properties of metals and heat treatment. Graduates are in great demand because they make the precision parts for the tooling and machinery used in manufacturing plants.
The Machine Tool Technology program offers an associate degree and three certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.
Scheduling and Entry Options
Day and evening classes are available. Although it is best to start in the Fall Semester when major courses begin, students may enter any term. Full-time day students usually complete requirements in five terms. Evening students should allow at least nine terms to earn the degree. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites.
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