Machine Tool Technician

Machine Tool Technician

Technical Diploma

Just as woodcarvers cut away wood to make an object of beauty, machinists cut away metal, plastic, or other materials to make an object of great utility. That object is a part to be used in manufacturing, and it must be nearly perfect. How perfect? Usually within 0.010 inches (0.25 mm) and sometimes at tolerances as low as 0.0001 inches.

A Closer Look

That need for precision—combined with the infusion of new technology into the field—means that machinists are growing in demand today. Increasingly they operate computerized numerical control (CNC) machines due to their speed, precision, flexibility, and reduced downtime between jobs.

Machinists also plan the sequence of operations needed, read and interpret blueprints, and use hand and precision measuring tools.

What You'll Learn

The Machine Tool Technician program prepares graduates for machining positions, an in-demand skill set at the heart of industrial production. Additional training and experience often lead to supervisory, quality assurance, and tool maker positions.

In this program you will learn to shape various materials into intricate, precise, usable parts. You’ll also work from blueprints and written specifications to select the proper machinery, materials, and tools, and you’ll gain proficiency with machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinders, computers, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machines.


  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Tool Room Machinist

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Machine Tool Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout and is a certified journey worker machinist. He has worked for local manufacturers and maintains constant contact with industry leaders, giving him a real-life understanding of what they need from their employees.

“Teaching at Mid-State allows me to give back to a trade I have found so much satisfaction in being a part of.”


Donald has a master’s degree from Bemidji State University. He worked as a tool and die maker and mold maker for twenty years. He has also worked as a machinist during the summers to keep his industrial skills up to date.

“The best part of teaching is watching the students grow, seeing the pride in them when they finish a project they never thought possible earlier in the year.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10623104 Mechanical Drafting Concepts 3.00
32420301 Intro to Machine Tool 2.00
32420302 Drilling Machines & Operations 2.00
32420312 Metals Science 2.00
32420314 Intro to Machine Tool - Safety 1.00
32420316 Layouts and Sawing Operations 3.00
32420320 Math for Manufacturing 2.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 2
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
32420304 Threads & Mills Cutting 2.00
32420310 Introduction to Solid Modeling 2.00
32420313 Vertical Mill Basics and Operations 2.00
32420315 Lathe Basics 2.00
32420317 Lathe Operations 2.00
32420360 Intro to CNC Machining 2.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
10102130 Career Development 3.00
32420305 Advanced Lathes 4.00
32420306 Advanced Mills 4.00
32420362 CNC Lathes/Manual Programming 2.00
32420364 CNC Mills/Manual Programming 2.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
10623112 Manufacturing Practices 3.00
32420307 Non-Traditional Machine Operations 3.00
32420322 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 2.00
32420366 CNC Controls 3.00
32420368 CAD/CAM 3.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 59-60