Machine Tooling FAQ

When can I start the program?

  • You can apply to start the Machine Tool program in the fall semester only.
When can I apply, and how can I apply?
  • You can apply as early as one year before you plan to start. You may apply to start the Machine Tool program in either the fall or spring semester.
  • Click here to apply.
What are the admissions requirements?
  • The only admissions requirement is that you have a high school diploma, HSED, or GED.
Does this program have a waitlist?
  • No, this program does not have a waitlist.
What is the cost of tuition?
How long is the program and what kind of diploma/degree will I receive?
  • It is a two-year technical diploma.
  • The program will take you two years to complete if you take all classes each semester in sequence.  If you attend school part-time, completion of the program will take longer.
What is a typical schedule?
  • Classes are typically held during the day.  While evening sections of several Machine Tool courses are offered, you cannot complete the entire program in the evening.
  • All classes are held at the Madison Truax campus.
Can I just take one or two of the machine tool classes without applying to the program?
  • Yes. After our program students register, remaining spots in the class open to non-program students.
  • Many of the classes have pre-requisites, so you must have completed the basic skills classes (or have instructor permission if you have similar work experience) before you can register for those classes.
Who do I ask if I have additional questions?
  • For additional questions about admissions or about the Machine Tool program, call advisor Kimbrin Cornelius at (608) 243-4283 or email her at