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Machine Tool Operation

Technical Diploma

31 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland

Career Cluster: Manufacturing

Machining is the foundation of manufacturing. You may not have heard of it, but it is an essential part of your everyday life. Any product you own or touch has either been machined or has been made from a die or mold that has been machined. Machining is mostly computer controlled and is the modern replacement to manual machining. These machines cut material to make molds for the manufacturing industry. Those who train to become machinists are well paid and in high demand. 

Program Overview

Machine Tool Operation is a nine-month technical diploma program designed to provide in-depth study and hands-on skills in the machine processing of a variety of metals. 

You will become proficient in the set up and operation of manual mills, lathes, grinders, drills and saws as you complete increasingly complex projects while holding tight tolerances. Various pieces of precision measuring equipment are used to check quality. Additional work in blueprint reading, heat-treating and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining is required to complete the Machine Tool Operation program. 

Program Outcomes

Machine Tool Operation graduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set up and operation of CNC machine tools

 

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WITC's Machine Tool Operation graduates start out on the job making approximately $18 per hour. After training and time on the job, that wage increases rapidly.

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High demand.

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High pay.

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Highly skilled.


Academics

Machine Tool Operation is offered on the Ashland campus but similar programs are offered at all four of the WITC locations.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways connect progressive levels of coursework to allow students to build upon their education. Each step in the pathway connects with employment options and provides the opportunity for advancement to higher levels. The Machine Tool Operation program is a pathway option into the Machine Tool Technician technical diploma, which is offered at WITC-Superior.

Hands-on Learning

All laboratory projects are hands on. You will design the projects via the use of Solidworks to create the project using your own blueprint. 

Experienced Instructors

As a Machine Tool Operation student at WITC, you will have access to instructors with years of machining experience in a variety of industries.  


Curriculum

Program specific subjects include: Machine Tool Operation 1–4, Machine Tool Theory 1 & 2, Introduction to CAD/CAM, CNC Fundamentals and Print Reading for the Machine Trades.

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Featured Machine Tool Operation Courses

32420328
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UGRD
| 4 CR
Machine Tool Operation 4 features advanced operations on milling machines, grinders, lathes, and drill presses. CNC programming and operation on vertical mills and turning centers will be emphasized. The capability and safe use of machine tools will be stressed. COREQUISITE: 32420327 Machine Tool Operation 3.
32420361
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UGRD
| 1 CR
This course will introduce students to computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM). Students will use appropriate CAD software to prepare mechanical drawings. Students will be introduced to CAD/CAM equipment.
32420365
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This course introduces the student to the development and editing of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs. The basic elements of CNC machine setup and operation are covered for the production of acceptable parts. Safety concerns are also addressed. Strongly recommend a basic understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Machine Tool Operation is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Machine Tool Operation student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Machine Tool Operation

Technical Diploma
31 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Machine Operator, Machinist Apprentice, Machine Setup Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$30,886-$66,846 WTCS annually
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Advance your skills with a two-year technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
61 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Machine Tool Operator, Apprentice Machinist, Machine Setup Person, Tool Room Machinist, CNC Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, CNC Programmer
Range of Yearly Salary
$39,517-$74,874 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor degree. 

Machine Tool Technician Transfer Options

Bachelor's Degree

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. 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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*

Machine Tool Operation

31 Credits | 1 Year

$5,277

$670 for books


*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 Machine Tool Operation Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Machine Tool Operation 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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Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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Jodi Saliny

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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