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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.
Students in the Machine Tooling Technics program can attend full or part time.
Machine Tooling Technics program classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.
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
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 creditThird SemesterFourth Semester
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
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- 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
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate 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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 15 13 2 Number of Surveys Sent 15 13 2 Number of Surveys Returned 11 7 2 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 9 7 2 Percent Available for Employment 81.80% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 18.20% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 8 7 2 Percent of Graduates Employed 88.90% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 8 7 2 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 11.10% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 2.9 3.3 3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 11 7 2 Very Satisfied (4) 1 2 0 Percent Very Satisfied 9.10% 28.60% 0.00% Satisfied (3) 8 5 2 Percent Satisfied 72.70% 71.40% 100.00% Unsatisfied (2) 2 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 18.20% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 11 7 2 Preparation for Getting a Job 4 5 1 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 36.40% 71.40% 50.00% Career Change 2 0 0 Percent Career Change 18.20% 0.00% 0.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 4 2 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 36.40% 28.60% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 50.00% Personal Interest 1 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 9.10% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 7 2 Before Enrollment 4 2 1 Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 28.60% 50.00% While Attending the College 2 2 1 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 28.60% 50.00% After Training at the College 2 3 0 Percent After Training at the College 25.00% 42.90% 0.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 6 6 2 In College District 5 6 2 Percent In College District 83.30% 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 16.70% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 6 5 2 Average Monthly Wage $3,238 $4,174 $4,148 Average Hourly Wage $18.82 $24.27 $24.12 Average Work Hours per Week 45.4 43.6 41 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $18.50 Average Work Hours per Week 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions MPI International Tool & Die Deerfield Plastic Ingenuity Inc Tool & Die Apprentice Cross Plains
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