Educational Programs

Machine Tool Technology


Program description

The Machine Tool Technology Program gives you a solid foundation of machining plus personal attention that helps you work at your own pace. Through hands-on experiences and opportunities to work on team projects, you will learn everything you need to know in order to work in the metals manufacturing and processes industry.

Program start and location

Classes located in the Technology Building. You can start in fall or spring.

Degree options and requirements

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Machine Tool Technology Diploma—64 credits

What you will learn

  • During the program, you will practice the art of traditional machining while you learn the applications of computers. 
  • You will learn computer-integrated machining, computer-aided design and manufacturing and computer programming.  
  • You will also be trained in important safety and measurement techniques learn how to interpret detailed blueprints and perform key mathematical calculations. 
  • You will receive hands-on experience as you perform the turning, milling, drilling and grinding concepts learned in the classroom.

Points of pride

  • You will receive hands-on instruction from certified instructors who offer personal attention to each student.
  • The program boasts a ninety eight percent placement rate.
  • An Industry-based environment provides excellent training in order to work right after you graduate and in some cases, work is available in the trade while attending school with tuition reimbursement.
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  • The downtown Minneapolis campus is on a bus line and is also close to numerous machine shops for potential employment opportunities.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with other class members on team projects to develop valuable teamwork and communications skills that reflect the industrial setting.
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Where you could work

  • Medical and biotechnology manufacturers
  • Prototype and tool-making manufacturers
  • Parts-production
  • Parts-repair facilities

Potential job titles

  • Machine Operator
  • Manual Machinist
  • Toolmaker
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  • Prototype Machinist
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Set-up/Operator
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Occupational outlook

Job opportunities are expected to be good for machinists, because the number of workers learning to be machinists is expected to be less than the number of job openings arising each year, according to Nearly all graduates from this program find work in the field. 


This program is part of the Academy of Manufacturing and Building Sciences. Click here for more information.

Additional resources

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