Machine Tool Operation - CNC Career Outlook

Percent Employed

100%

Employed*

Employed in Related Field

75%

Employed in a Related Field*

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$34,000 - $80,000

Range of Yearly Salary*

 

 

 

*Range of yearly salary and average salary based on composite of graduates within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and includes WITC graduates.


 

Careers

Typical positions available after graduation include:

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CNC Machinists

CNC Machinists set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools.

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Maintenance Machinist

Machinery Maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Machine Tool Operator

  • Apprentice Machinist

  • CNC Programmer

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Machine Tool Operator - CNC technical diploma at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Machine Tool Operator - CNC program at WITC has articulation agreements with UW-Stout. 

The college listed above has developed a technical diploma to bachelor degree Articulation Agreement with WITC (bachelor degree programs vary); other colleges may accept WITC credits upon a transcript review.

Potential careers available with further education include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • High School Technology Education Instructor 

Potential Starting Wages:

  • $47,299–$63,460

Hear From Graduates

"Being a retired military veteran of 22 years, I have attended numerous training schools and programs. I can't remember a level of professionalism as high as brought forth by the staff at WITC. I've seen a genuine commitment to quality education as well as a sincere concern for the success of the student." 

Marty, USCG (retired)

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 

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