Overview

Skilled machinists are required in every facet of manufacturing. Claim a career in the rapidly advancing manufacturing industry with a degree in machine tooling.

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.

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.

A student can simply enroll in a first-level certificate program and advance in their degree when they are ready. Later, a student can add two more semesters to earn the full associate in Machine Tool Technology, thus increasing skills and earning potential.

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.

How to Enroll

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

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Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid 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.

1
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

3
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.

4
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.

3
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.

3
Semester 4
(14 Credit Hours)
MTT-215 Tool Room Machining I

Tool Room Machining I

ID: MTT-215

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers advanced machine tool operations, including an introduction to basic diemaking.

4
MTT-252 CNC Setup & Operations

CNC Setup & Operations

ID: MTT-252

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers cnc setup and operations.

4
MTT-246 Plastic Moldmaking I

Plastic Moldmaking I

ID: MTT-246

Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introduction to moldmaking and plastics.

2
SPC-209 Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication

ID: SPC-209

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of interpersonal communication with emphasis on interpersonal theory as applied to personal and professional relationships. Students will learn to observe and analyze how these principles operate in daily interaction with others.

3
CWE-111 Cooperative Work Experience I

Cooperative Work Experience I

ID: CWE-111

Credit Hours: 1

This course includes cooperative work experience in an approved setting.

1
Semester 5
(15 Credit Hours)
MTT-216 Tool Room Machining II

Tool Room Machining II

ID: MTT-216

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers advanced machine tool operations, including complex die operations.

4
MTT-253 CNC Programm & Opera

CNC Programm & Opera

ID: MTT-253

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the planning, programming, selecting tooling, determining speeds and feeds, setting up, operating, and testing of cnc programs on cnc machines.

3
MTT-171 Industrial Quality Control

Industrial Quality Control

ID: MTT-171

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers the methods and procedures of quality control.

2
MTT-258 Machine Tool CAM

Machine Tool CAM

ID: MTT-258

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of computer assisted manufacturing graphics systems needed to create CNC programs.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
      Total Credit Hours 73
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$13,724.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Tool Room Machinist

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools, including computer-controlled machines, to produce precision parts and measuring instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools, applying knowledge of shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Projected Job Growth

+11%

Average Annual Salary

$38,304

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • HVAC Unit Installation and Repair Corporations
  • Fabrication Companies
  • Firearm Manufacturing Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

Careers

CNC Operator Machinist

This job is responsible for producing machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintaining quality and safety standards; keeping records; and maintaining equipment and supplies.

Projected Job Growth

+56.4

Average Annual Salary

$52,858

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Supply Chain Equipment Manufacturers
  • Industrial Equipment Production Companies
  • Firearm Manufacturing Companies

Careers

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

+11%

Average Annual Salary

$38,304

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Fabrication 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.