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Machine Tool Operation
Program Number: 314201
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
34 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$4,877.30 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    As a Machine Tool Operations student, you will:

    • Be introduced to Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).
    • Acquire skills in basic machining such as milling, manual lathes, and drill presses.
    • Learn blueprint reading, measurement, quality control, precision and repair machining. 
    • Gain knowledge and skills necessary to build and inspect machined parts. 
    • Get hands-on training in a high-tech work environment.
    • Problem solve, team work, math, communication, and computers.  
    • Prepares students for employment in the machining and metalworking industries. 
    • Build skills needed to become a skilled craftsman.  

    Program Details

    Students in the Machine Tool Operations program can attend full- or part-time.

    Evening classes starting Fall of 2022 for part-time students. For more information, contact Jake Statz by email or by phone 608.246.6881.

    Machine Tool Operations classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.


    Earning your One-Year Technical Diploma in Machine Tool Operations program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in:  

    • Machine Operator 
    • Repair/Precision Machinist
    • CNC Machinist
    • Machine Repair Specialist

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Journey-level Tool and Die Maker 
    • Journey-level Mold Maker
    • Journey-level Millwright
    • Shop Owner
    • Shop Manager
    • Industrial Engineer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Industrial Sales Engineer
    • Die and/or Mold Designer
    • Educator
    • Tool and Die Apprentice
    • Mold Making Apprentice
    • Millwright Apprentice
    • CNC Programmer

    Get training for high demand jobs, attractive pay and advancement opportunities.

    • Entry level metalworkers can average $30,000-$45,000 with a two-year diploma.
    • Precision machining can lead to an engineering or business degree.
    • Experienced precision metalworkers earn from $40,000 to $75,000 annually. 
    • Advancement Opportunities to Manager, Teacher, Shop Owner.
    • Ford Motor Co., Cadillac Motor Co., Brown & Sharpe, and Fairbanks Morse were all started by machinists.
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    Machine Tool program student
    "Through the machine tool program, what you learn you can take it anywhere and take different career paths."
    Ketxia P.
    Machine Tooling Technics student


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    Hear from our students and instructors.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits

    Get hands-on learning from day one on high-tech equipment.

    Watch the video to learn more.

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  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your machining and metalworking career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Machine Tool Operations program graduates are prepared 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 
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 22 13 6
      Number of Surveys Sent 22 12 6
      Number of Surveys Returned 20 0 5
      Percent of Surveys Returned 90.90% 0.00% 83.30%
      Available for Employment 9 0 2
      Percent Available for Employment 75.00% 66.70%
      Not in Labor Market 11 0 3
      Percent Not in Labor Market 91.70% 100.00%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 8 0 2
      Percent of Graduates Employed 88.90% 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 5 0 2
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 62.50% 100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.50% 0.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 11.10% 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 0 3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 12 0 3
      Very Satisfied (4) 5 0 0
      Percent Very Satisfied 41.70% 0.00%
      Satisfied (3) 7 0 3
      Percent Satisfied 58.30% 100.00%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 20 0 5
      Preparation for Getting a Job 3 0 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 15.00% 40.00%
      Career Change 1 0 1
      Percent Career Change 5.00% 20.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 4 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 9 0 2
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 45.00% 40.00%
      Personal Interest 3 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 15.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 6 0 2
      Before Enrollment 2 0 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 33.30% 50.00%
      While Attending the College 2 0 1
      Percent While Attending the College 33.30% 50.00%
      After Training at the College 2 0 0
      Percent After Training at the College 33.30% 0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 8 0 2
      In College District 5 0 2
      Percent In College District 62.50% 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 12.50% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 1
      Average Monthly Wage $2,977 $3,910
      Average Hourly Wage $17.31 $22.73
      Average Work Hours per Week 43.3 45
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1
      Average Hourly Wage $16.25 $20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 25 32
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Madison Kipp Corporation Tool & Die Apprentice
      SubZero Wolf Tool & Die Intern Fitchburg

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

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