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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:
66 Credits | Finish diploma in 2 years
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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 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
    • 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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    Madison College machine tool graduate
    "We have a lot of fun. The instructors are fantastic. We get to make cool stuff. We're making art with machines."
    Jeremy B.
    Madison College graduate


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    5 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    Third Semester
    4 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    4 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits

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

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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

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    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
    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.

    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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • 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

      Number of Program Graduates15132
      Number of Surveys Sent15132
      Number of Surveys Returned1172
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment972
      Percent Available for Employment81.80%100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market18.20%0.00%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed872
      Percent of Graduates Employed88.90%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation872
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment100
      Percent Seeking Employment11.10%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)2.93.33
      Number of Satisfaction Responses1172
      Very Satisfied (4)120
      Percent Very Satisfied9.10%28.60%0.00%
      Satisfied (3)852
      Percent Satisfied72.70%71.40%100.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)200
      Percent Unsatisfied18.20%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses1172
      Preparation for Getting a Job451
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job36.40%71.40%50.00%
      Career Change200
      Percent Career Change18.20%0.00%0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills420
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills36.40%28.60%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education001
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%50.00%
      Personal Interest100
      Percent Personal Interest9.10%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses872
      Before Enrollment421
      Percent Before Enrollment50.00%28.60%50.00%
      While Attending the College221
      Percent While Attending the College25.00%28.60%50.00%
      After Training at the College230
      Percent After Training at the College25.00%42.90%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses662
      In College District562
      Percent In College District83.30%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown100
      Percent Location Unknown16.70%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count652
      Average Monthly Wage$3,238$4,174$4,148
      Average Hourly Wage$18.82$24.27$24.12
      Average Work Hours per Week45.443.641
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$18.50
      Average Work Hours per Week30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      MPI InternationalTool & DieDeerfield
      Plastic Ingenuity IncTool & Die ApprenticeCross Plains

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      ** - 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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