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Machine Tooling Technics
Program Number: 324205
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
68 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$9,588.00 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    As a Machine Tooling Technics student, you will:

    • Gain skill sets that prepare you for careers in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operation, and CNC programming.
    • Acquire skills in tool and die making, quality control, precision and repair machining, and other high technical fields.
    • Learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).
    • Use state-of-the-art machining centers, turning centers and Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM). 
    • Gain knowledge and skills necessary to design, build and inspect machined parts, injection mold and stamping die.
    • Get hands-on training on high-tech work equipment.
    • Learn skills in problem solving, team work, math, communication, and computers.  
    • Become a skilled craftsman.

    Program Details

    Students in the Machine Tooling Technics program can attend full or part time.

    Machine Tooling Technics Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax ​
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    Earning your two-year technical diploma in Machine Tooling Technics program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in:  

    • Tool and Die Apprentice
    • Mold Making Apprentice
    • Millwright Apprentice
    • Precision Machinist
    • CNC Machinist
    • CNC Programmer
    • 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

    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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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.

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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.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Machine Tooling Technics 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
    • Perform tool, die and/or mold operations
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 13 8 15
      Number of Surveys Sent 13 8 15
      Number of Surveys Returned 1 5 11
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 0 5 9
      Percent Available for Employment 0.0% 100.0% 81.8%
      Not in Labor Market 1 0 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 100.0% 0.0% 18.2%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 0 4 8
      Percent of Graduates Employed 80.0% 88.9%
      Employed in Related Occupation 0 3 8
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.0% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 20.0% 11.1%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.2 2.9
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 1 5 11
      Very Satisfied (4) 0 1 1
      Percent Very Satisfied 0.0% 20.0% 9.1%
      Satisfied (3) 1 4 8
      Percent Satisfied 100.0% 80.0% 72.7%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 2
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 18.2%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 1 5 11
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 3 4
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.0% 60.0% 36.4%
      Career Change 0 0 2
      Percent Career Change 0.0% 0.0% 18.2%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 4
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 40.0% 36.4%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 9.1%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 4 8
      Before Enrollment 0 1 4
      Percent Before Enrollment 25.0% 50.0%
      While Attending the College 0 0 2
      Percent While Attending the College 0.0% 25.0%
      After Training at the College 0 3 2
      Percent After Training at the College 75.0% 25.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 0 4 8
      In College District 0 2 5
      Percent In College District 50.0% 62.5%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 2 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 50.0% 25.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 12.5%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 6
      Average Monthly Wage $2,979 $3,238
      Average Hourly Wage $17.32 $18.82
      Average Work Hours per Week 43.3 45.4
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $18.50
      Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      MPI Products LLC Tool & Die Apprentice Deerfield
      Placon Corporation Tool & Die Apprentice
      Plastic Ingenuity Inc Machinist Cross Plains
      Plastic Ingenuity Inc Die Maker Cross Plains
      Sussek Machine Corporation Production Technician Waterloo
      Sussex Tool and Supply Machinist Sussex
      Wegner Automotive CNC Machinist Markesan

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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