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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.
Students in the Machine Tool Operations program can attend full- or part-time.
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
- 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.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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 SemesterSecond Semester32-420-3244 credits32-420-3255 credits32-420-3372 credits32-420-3482 credits32-420-3521 credit32-420-3902 credits32-420-3931 credit
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 open
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024
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 transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
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 Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 13 6 7 Number of Surveys Sent 12 6 7 Number of Surveys Returned 0 5 7 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 0 2 1 Percent Available for Employment 66.70% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 100.00% 600.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 0 2 1 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 0 2 1 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 3 4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 0 3 1 Very Satisfied (4) 0 0 1 Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 100.00% Satisfied (3) 0 3 0 Percent Satisfied 100.00% 0.00% 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
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 0 5 7 Preparation for Getting a Job 0 2 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.00% 0.00% Career Change 0 1 1 Percent Career Change 20.00% 14.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 2 6 Percent Preparation for Further Education 40.00% 85.70% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 2 1 Before Enrollment 0 1 1 Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 100.00% While Attending the College 0 1 0 Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 0.00% After Training at the College 0 0 0 Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 0.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 0 2 1 In College District 0 2 1 Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 Average Monthly Wage $3,910 $3,268 Average Hourly Wage $22.73 $19.00 Average Work Hours per Week 45 40 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $20.00 Average Work Hours per Week 32
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Springs Window Fashions Progressive Die Operator Middleton
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