Machine Tool


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

Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain entry-level jobs in a variety of manufacturing environments, as well as the potential to advance to supervisory, sales and training positions. Students develop skills 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.

Students are required to purchase a set of tools when beginning the Machine Tool Technology Program at a cost of approximately $800.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

All Machine Tool Technology courses must be passed with a “C” or better to receive credit towards a degree, diploma or certificate.

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(16 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

MTT-151 Precision Machining I

Precision Machining I

ID: MTT-151

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to basic machine shop practices with emphasis on safety, hand tools, band saws, drill presses and measuring tools.

MTT-152 Precision Machining II

Precision Machining II

ID: MTT-152

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the operation of basic machine shop equipment with emphasis on milling machines and surface grinders.

MTT-120 Machine Tool Print Reading

Machine Tool Print Reading

ID: MTT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop the basic skills and terminology required for visualization and interpretation of common prints used in the machine tool trades.

MAT-170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I

Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I

ID: MAT-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: elementary algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and applications.

PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
MTT-153 Precision Machining III

Precision Machining III

ID: MTT-153

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the operation of basic machine shop equipment with emphasis on lathes.

MTT-154 Precision Machining IV

Precision Machining IV

ID: MTT-154

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of techniques used to produce more complex precision plant parts that require multiple machine tools.

MTT-106 Machine Tool Computer Applications

Machine Tool Computer Applications

ID: MTT-106

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of basic computer applications that are used in machining industries. Topics will include word processing, ASCII text editing, spreadsheets, locating information on the internet and serial communical concepts.

MTT-105 Machine Tool Math Applications

Machine Tool Math Applications

ID: MTT-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of shop math relevant to the machine tool trade.

ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

Semester 3
(13 Credit Hours)
MTT-155 Precision Grinding

Precision Grinding

ID: MTT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of theoretical and practical training in cylindrical grinding, advanced surface grinding operations and cutter grinding techniques.

MTT-250 Principles of CNC

Principles of CNC

ID: MTT-250

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the coding used This course is an introduction to the coding used in cnc programming.

MTT-141 Metals and Heat Treatment

Metals and Heat Treatment

ID: MTT-141

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the properties, characteristics, and heat treatment procedures of metals.

MTT-212 Tool Design

Tool Design

ID: MTT-212

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the development, material selection, manufacturing and machining procedures necessary in the production of tools and tooling.

  Total Credit Hours 44
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment


Conventional Machinist

Set up and operate a variety of manual machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Fabrication Companies
  • Firearm Manufacturing Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Start a Lifelong Career

There is a high demand for machinists so, for qualified graduates, career opportunities are outstanding.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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