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Machine Tool Technician

Technical Diploma

65 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible


Career Cluster: Manufacturing

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. Machinists use their knowledge of the properties of metals and machine tools to plan and carry out the operations necessary to make precise specification machined products.

Program Overview

The two-year machine tool technician program at WITC will prepare you to operate and set up machine tools for the machining industry. You will learn general machining skills based on the skills and knowledge identified by the Metalworking Industry Skill Standards Board. You will gain skills in production planning, quality control, metallurgical processes, precision measuring, using an engineer's handbook and interpreting prints. Computer-aided machining and programming techniques are emphasized.

Program Outcomes

Machine Tool Technician 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
  • Perform advanced CNC machining operations
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Becoming a machinist is a hands-on learning experience. You will be able to create projects as you learn the trade. In becoming a machinist, you will learn a high skilled trade that requires precision and attention to detail. Being able to program CNC equipment will make you a sought after employment candidate for area employers. 

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Highly skilled.

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Machine Tool Technician is offered on the Superior campus. Classes are in-person.   

Experienced Instructors

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

Career Pathways

Earn credentials every step of the way. The Machine Tool Technician two-year technical diploma includes an embedded Machine Tool Operation technical diploma that you will earn after just two semesters into the program. 

Hands-on Learning

The majority of the laboratory projects are hands on. After learning the theory, you'll put what you learned to practice in the machine tool lab. 


Program-specific courses include CAD/CAM Applications, CNC Programming - Turning, Machine Tool Operation 1 and more. 

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Featured Machine Tool Technician Courses

| 2 CR
Students will learn about program structure (startup, work, shutdown), and basic G-codes including variations caused by machine type and programmer style. They will write simple programs and edit prewritten programs in order to hone their skill. The goal will be to start out simple and move to programs that are both efficient and effective. PREREQUISITE: 32420365 CNC Fundamentals or consent of instructor.
| 2 CR
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) have become standard tools used almost wherever CNC production in metalworking takes place. Students will use the CAD/CAM software to build geometry, tool and material libraries, and define cutting paths/patterns. Post-processing of these CAD/CAM files will generate CNC programs in machine-specific G-code format. PREREQUISITE: 32420361 Introduction to CAD/CAM or consent of instructor.
| 4 CR
Students will be assigned introductory, specifically designed projects that will be machined using the engine lathe, milling machine, drill press, and various saws. Students will be in a job-like setting. The capability and safe use of machine tools will be stressed.

Machine Tool Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

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

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Technical Diploma
33 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Machine Operator, Machinist Apprentice, Machine Setup Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$22,930-$69,680 annually
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Technical Diploma
65 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
$36,000-$64,891 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Machine Tool Technician Bachelor's Degree


Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

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*

Machine Tool Technician

65 Credits | 2 Years


$888 for books (including tax)

$1,350 for tools, supplies and uniforms

*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 Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Machine Tool Operation and Machine Tool Technician. 

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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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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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