Major Code: 3712
Machinists set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers, to produce precision metal parts. Production machinists may produce large quantities of a specific part, but machinists frequently produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. Machinists use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.
The Machine Tool Technology (AAS-MTT, CAS-MTT) degree program provides a highly interactive handson course of study that prepares graduates for careers in modern industry. The first year of the program (CAS) focuses on manual machine tools and processes. The second year of the program (AAS) focuses on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment, processes and programming.
The MMT program uses an innovative block-scheduled cohort model to deliver classes, so students have the opportunity to participate in long-term in-depth internships with participating industrial partners. Program courses are offered two days a week in approximately 8-hour blocks for five semesters. Qualifying students may intern with industry partners on non-class days to obtain a valuable background of real world applications throughout the program. Graduates who have participated in the internship program enter the work force with not just a degree, but also the equivalent of a year of professional industrial experience.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Effectively and safely operate manual machine equipment, such as hand tools, lathes, mills, grinders, and drills (AAS).
- Configure and operate CNC equipment. (AAS)
- Read and interpret blueprints per industry standards. (CAS, AAS)
- Plan and execute part fabrication from initial specifications. (CAS, AAS)
- Communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical forms. (CAS, AAS)
- Work effectively in teams with other machinists, engineers, technicians, and production personnel. (CAS, AAS)
- Apply industry-based safety standards in the work environment. (CAS, AAS)
- Understand professional and ethical responsibility to their field and to society. (AAS)
- Appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity in the workplace. (AAS)
- Understand the need to maintain their technical skills and develop new ones through personal development and continued learning. (AAS)
Program outcomes are assessed by a variety of means, including quizzes, unit tests, oral presentations, written reports, and final examinations. Outcomes based on technical expertise are assessed by the MIMS certification exams and projects, which assesses student knowledge in a variety of areas of the electrical engineering technology field. General education outcomes are assessed through the General Education Portfolio.
Transfer Baccalaureate Option
The Machine Tool Technology is an Associate in Applied Science program designed to provide skills for immediate entry to the workforce. Students wishing to continue their studies with a Baccalaureate program discuss program options with their academic advisor.
Advanced Placement Credit for High School/Vocational-Technical Center/College Programs
High school level machining and drafting coursework is not necessary for entrance into Machine Tool Technology program. Introductory subjects are incorporated as part of the program. Students, who have completed vocational or EDGE courses, may receive credit for advanced placement. Articulation/EDGE agreements are in place with various vocation-technical centers. Advanced placement is also available for students with prior college experience or certifications. Please contact the department chair.
Careers in Advanced Machine Tool Technology
Machinists work in environments from large industries to small shops. Typical positions include: Gear Machinist, Journeyman Machinist, Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Maintenance Specialist, Production Machinist, Set-Up Machinist, and Tool Room Machinist.
Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the national median wage for machinists was $18.99 per hour or $39,500 annually. A common career path to is enter an apprenticeship for specialization. There are currently 11 recognized appreciable specialties: fixture maker; instrument maker; instrumentmaker and repairer; machinist, automotive; machinist, experimental; machinist; machinist; machinist, outside (ship-boat manufacturing); maintenance machinist; rocket-motor mechanic; test technician.
Many machinists continue their training, primarily through apprenticeships, to become tool and die makers. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the national median wage for tool and die makers had a national median of $22.60 per hour or $58,500 annually. There are currently 20 recognized apprentice able specialties in the field of tool and die making: die finisher; die maker; mold maker, die-casting and plastic molding; die maker, stamping; die maker, trim; die making; die sinker; plastic tool maker; saw maker; tap-and-die-maker technician; tool maker; tool making; tool maker, bench; tool-and-die maker; hardener - tool & die; tool & die making (inspector set up & layout); die maker; die maker, bench, stamping; plastic-fixture builder; die maker, wire drawing.
All wage information is based on the data from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2012. All apprenticeship information is from U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.