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Entry Level Machining

Technical Diploma

27 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond

Career Cluster: Manufacturing 

This program is currently not accepting applications. The WITC New Richmond admissions advisor is available to answer your questions and add your name to a contact list for any future program updates. Contact an advisor here.


Program Overview

Students will learn the machining skills required to set up and operate manual and computer-controlled machines. Students will learn to use hand tools, precision measuring instruments, read prints and create parts through manual programming and a computer-aided manufacturing system for CNC machine tools.

Program Outcomes

Entry Level Machining graduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set up and operation
  • Perform programming, set up, and operation of CNC machine tools
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Students who complete the Entry Level Machining program are in high demand. Anywhere you go there is a machining career waiting for you. According to WITC's Graduate Survey results, graduates of the Entry Level Machining program earn an average yearly salary of $43,245. As a machinist, you will learn a highly skilled trade that requires precision and attention to detail after just two semesters.

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High pay.

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Highly skilled. 


Entry Level Machining is a two semester program offered at the New Richmond campus. 

Experienced Instructors

As an Entry Level Machining student at WITC, you will have access to instructors with years of machining experience in a variety of industries. 

Career Pathways

The Entry Level Machining program is a pathway option into the Machine Tooling Technics technical diploma offered in New Richmond.  

Two Semesters

After just two semesters, you'll be prepared to enter the workforce in a rewarding, high-pay and high-demand career in the machining industry. 


The program is comprised of courses that prepare you with the skills employers are looking for such as Mastercam, CAD Basics, Print Reading and more. 

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Featured Entry Level Machining Courses

| 1 CR
This course offers instruction on individual computer workstations in a computer lab. This computer-aided drafting (CAD) instruction uses SolidWorks software that is capable of creating 3D drawings. In this course you will spend a majority of the time creating 3D models and exploring the concepts of working in 3D space. Students will create complete and fully dimensioned 3-view part prints ready to be transferred to paper.
| 4 CR
This lab-based course will provide instruction in shop safety, measuring, print reading, and basic setup and operation of saws, mills, and lathes.
| 1 CR
This course will cover the basic principles of print reading. The emphasis is on interpreting standard lines and symbols in single- and multiple-view working drawings. Topics include print reading procedures, drawing changes, machining specifications, and the reading of prints in specialized areas including ANSI and ISO standards. Strongly recommend a basic understanding of mathematics concepts.

Entry Level Machining is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Entry Level Machining student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Production Machinist, Set-up Machinist
Range of Yearly Salary
$39,666 - $56,156 annually
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Multi-Axis CNC Milling

Technical Diploma
14 Credits / 1 Semester Full Time
Potential Careers
CNC Machinist, Programmer
Range of Yearly Salary
$31,990-$36,234 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a two-year technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
57 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Tool and Die Mold Maker, Machinist Apprentice, Machine Operator, CNC Machinist, Setup Person, Programmer, Maintenance Machinist
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$52,000 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Machine Tooling Technics Transfer Options


Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: submit an application form with fee, along with other required disclosure forms. That's it!

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

Entry Level Machining

27 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Entry Level Machining Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an Entry Level Machining technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339


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