Precision Machining Technician

Industrial Careers

About the Career

Ever thought about turning your mechanical talent into a career? Today’s advanced manufacturing businesses are looking for people with a special talent when it comes to tools, machines and the mechanical process. It takes skill and expertise to operate some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. The key to developing these skills is technical training with an emphasis on hands-on machine-tool experience.

Precision machining technicians have knowledge of the working properties of metals as well as skill with machine tools. They plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications. Technological advances in computerization and automation have drastically changed personnel needs in the manufacturing sector. Continuous training, retraining and upgrading is critical to remain current with the technology and changing manufacturing concepts.

The development of advanced technical systems create a variety of specialized career paths, from computer numerical control (CNC) operators to highly skilled tool and die makers. A typical day might include setting up lathes, grinders and computer-controlled machines. Technicians are responsible for precision measurements of the parts made on those machines, using micrometers, dial indicators, optical comparators and other gauges. With additional training and experience, machinists can move into supervisory, training, quality control or tool designer positions.

Academic Programs

Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology program is designed to provide qualified individuals for manufacturing industries.

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Machine Tool

The diploma in Machine Tool is the first year of the Associate Degree in Machine Tool Technology. It provides the student with the basic skills in manual machining to enter the manufacturing or machining industry.

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The Machine Tool certificate program provides the student with the basic skills in manual machining to enter the manufacturing or machining industry.

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Training Programs

Machinist - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator

A career in production Machining & Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operations is a very rewarding career. CNC Operators operate computer numerical controlled equipment used in the production of machined components.

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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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