About the Program

Midlands Technical College is known throughout the region for its machine tool program and has an excellent placement record for its graduates. At Midlands Technical College, students learn the latest skills in the rapidly advancing manufacturing industry and get hands-on, real-world experience – the type of training it takes to move into the workforce.

The program combines classroom and shop instruction where students learn to fabricate various materials into intricate, precise, usable parts. They will also learn to work from blueprints and written specifications and to select the proper machinery, materials and tools to accomplish the task.

There are plenty of training options available. A student can take the three-semester diploma program for the basic skills needed to enter the manufacturing industry. Later a student can add two more semesters to earn the full associate in Machine Tool Technology, thus increasing skills and earning potential. Or students can simply enroll in a first-level certificate program and advance in their degree when they are ready.

The first two semesters, common to all students, provide instruction in the use of precision layout tools, layout techniques, and the setup and operation of mills, lathes, grinders and other important conventional machines found in a machine shop. The remaining terms include instruction in CNC programming, setup and operations; plastic injection molding; die making and repair; and jig and fixture design.

Learning experiences for students in the Machine Tool Technology program are provided in classrooms and on the manufacturing floor of the Precision Machining Building on the Beltline Campus.


Students are required to purchase a set of tools each semester at a cost of approximately $800.


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