Overview

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

Machinists are required in every facet of manufacturing and this certificate will prepare students for a career in the rapidly advancing manufacturing industry. This hands-on experience combines classroom and shop instruction where you’ll learn to fabricate various materials into intricate, precise, usable parts using both manual and CNC machining.

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 first two semesters are common to all students and 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.

If students were to pursue the Machine Tool associate degree, the remaining terms would include instruction in CNC programming, setup, and operations; plastic injection molding; die making and repair; and jig and fixture design. Earning the full Machine Tool associate degree can increase skills and earning potential.

How to Enroll

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

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Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

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
(12 Credit Hours)
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-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
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
(12 Credit Hours)
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
        Total Credit Hours 24
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$4,512.00
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?

  • Fabrication Companies
  • Firearm Manufacturing Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

Careers

CNC Operator Machinist

Produces machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintaining quality and safety standards; keeping records; 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?

Further Your Education

Complete the AAS Degree in Machine Tool for additional learning opportunities.