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

The 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.”


Kerry earned his Machine Tool Technician technical diploma from Mid-State Technical College in 2002. His 17 years of industry experience include five years in a machine shop and 12 years working for an OEM company where he advanced to machine shop manager. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree.

“I love having the opportunity to teach skills that have allowed me a successful career as a machinist.”

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.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,530.46
  • Books: $861.85
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $20.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,412.31

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10462132 Machine Shop Fundamentals 3.00
10462114 Metals & Machining 3.00
10623104 Print Reading for Industry 3.00
32420302 Conventional Machining Practices 2.00
32420312 Metals Science 2.00
32420320 Math for Manufacturing 2.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
32420372 Precision Machining Foundations 2.00
(14-15 Credits)
Term: 2
32420304 Milling Machines Operations 3.00
32420308 Basic Lathe Operation 3.00
32420310 Introduction to Solid Modeling 2.00
32420362 CNC Lathes/Manual Programming 2.00
32420364 CNC Mills/Manual Programming 2.00
32420371 Inspection Techniques 2.00
(14 Credits)
Term: 3
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
10102130 Career Development 3.00
32420335 Lathes-Advanced 2.00
32420336 Mills-Advanced 2.00
32420368 Computer Aided Machine Tool Programming 3.00
32420373 CNC Lathes Set Up and Operation 2.00
32420374 CNC Mills Set Up and Operation 2.00
(14 Credits)
Term: 4
10623112 Manufacturing Practices 2.00
32420307 Non-Traditional Machine Operations 2.00
32420322 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 2.00
32420366 CNC Controls 3.00
32420375 Multi Axis CNC 2.00
32420376 Advanced CNC Programming Techniques 3.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 56-57