Machine Tool TechnicianTechnical 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
- Maintenance Machinist
- Tool Room Machinist
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
|10623104||Mechanical Drafting Concepts||3.00|
|32420301||Intro to Machine Tool||3.00|
|32420302||Machine Shop Manual Operations||5.00|
|32420320||Math for Manufacturing||2.00|
|32420303||Manual Lathe & Cutting Fluids||5.00|
|32420304||Threads & Mills||5.00|
|32420310||Introduction to Solid Modeling||2.00|
|32420360||Intro to CNC Machining||2.00|
|32420362||CNC Lathes/Manual Programming||2.00|
|32420364||CNC Mills/Manual Programming||2.00|
|32420307||Non-Traditional Machine Operations||3.00|
|32420322||Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing||2.00|