Machine Tooling Technics

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Machine Tooling Technics

Technical Diploma

57 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond

Career Cluster: Manufacturing

Machining is a well-paid highly skilled job. Being a Machinist can lead to many different paths in industry. Machinists are in high demand. 

Program Overview

The Machine Tooling Technics program emphasizes mold and toolmaking for the plastic injection molding industry including using computerized machining equipment. You will use basic machining skills along with math and print reading. You will gain skills in precision measurement, metallurgical processes, in-depth programming, operation on CNC milling machines and lathes, shop theory courses in toolmaking and CAD/CAM operation. 

Program Outcomes

Machine Tooling Technics 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 tool, die, and mold operations
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Being able to program CNC equipment as well as learning programs such as SolidWorks and Master Cam will make you a sought after employment candidate for area employers. 

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Highly skilled.

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Current technology. 


Academics

Machine Tooling Technics is offered on the New Richmond campus. Classes are in-person.   

Career Pathways

The Machine Tooling Technics two-year technical diploma includes two embedded technical diploma options. After the first year, you will earn an Entry Level Machining Diploma. After the third semester, you will earn a Multi-Axis CNC Milling Diploma. 

Hands-on Learning

The majority of the laboratory projects are hands on. For example, you will learn to physically produce a part from a blue print. 

Experienced Instructors

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


Curriculum

Program-specific courses include, Theory for Machine Shop, Materials for Machine Tooling Technics, Print Reading for Machine Trades, CAD Basics using SolidWorks, CAD/CAM Demo using Mastercam.  

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Featured Machine Tooling Technics Courses

32420308
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UGRD
| 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.
32420339
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This introductory course prepares students for using Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) software to create CNC machining programs. This CAM instruction utilizes Mastercam software that is capable of creating 2D and 3D wire drawings, from which toolpaths to machine part features can be generated. Students will complete a variety of exercises before working on 2D machining projects. Students will create complete CNC process projects including drawings, toolpaths, CNC code, and all setup sheets and diagrams. These projects will be shop ready for machining. PREREQUISITE: 32420338 CAD Basics.

Machine Tooling Technics is Part of a Career Pathway

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

You could take this first and get a credential.

Entry Level Machining

Technical Diploma
32 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Production Machinist, Set-Up Machinist
Average Starting Wage
$34,317-$56,156 annually
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Multi-Axis CNC Milling

Technical Diploma
14 Credits / 1 Semester Full Time
Potential Careers
CNC Machinist, Programmer
Average Starting Wage
$31,990-$36,234 annually
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Machine Tooling Technics

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
Average Starting Wage
$35,357-$66,295 annually
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Machine Tooling Technics Bachelor's Degree

UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, High School Technology Education Instructor
Average Starting Wage
$47,299–$63,460 annually

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 Tooling Technics

57 Credits | 2 Years

$11,780

$9,480 In Tuition and Fees

$2,300 in 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 Tooling Technics Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Entry Level Machining, Multi-Axis CNC Milling and Machine Tooling Technics. 

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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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TAACCCT Grant Funding

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TAACCCT Grant Funding
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has funded 55% of this project equaling $605,450. This is an equal opportunity employer/ program which provides auxiliary aids and services upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling 711 or 800.243.9482 Voice/TTY. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/ Access Employer and Educator.

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