The Machine Tool Technology program prepares students for positions, such as machinist apprentice, auxiliary services machinist, machine tool operator, and general machinist. Machinists use stationary, power-driven devices to shape or form engineered materials to precise measurements. This precision makes possible the production of thousands of identical parts, which may be easily interchanged in the assembly or repair of final products. The machine tool program teaches students how to set up and operate the various types of machines common to industry.
Courses are taught year round during the day, evening and split-term to accommodate a wide range of schedules for full-time and part-time students.
The national average for annual earnings is $48,900 and the hourly earnings is $23.50. The top 10% annual earnings is $72,100 and the hourly earnings is $34.67.
Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Workers familiar with computer software applications who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.