School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Machine Tool Operations

Embedded Technical Diploma

Program number: 314201


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.

Machine Tool Operations Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for Machine Tool Operations.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Machine Tool, CNC


To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210. 


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.


Madison College Machine Tool Operations program graduates are prepared to:  

Ethics/Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate professional ethics: honesty, respect, teamwork, reliability, initiative when dealing with coworkers and supervisors.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively both in written and verbal formats to customers.

Metrology, Quality Principles and Practices, (Science of Measurement)

  • Perform accurate measurements to insure parts meet specifications in the production of precision components.

Basic Machining/Safety

  • Display organizational skills in set up and safe operation of basic machine tools.

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining

  • Program and use CAD/CAM computer systems to create tool paths for operation of computerized mills, lathes, and Electric Discharge Machines (EDM).

Tool Making (Manufacture)

  • Design, machine and assemble molds and dies.

Business Economics

  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility, accountability, and efficiency to contribute to a productive and profitable business operation.

Applied Engineering/Math & Science Skills

  • Apply technical knowledge to read and interpret blueprints; solve math problems; and use appropriate metal and processes for component production.

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.

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm. Registration Required.

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 12 21
    Number of Surveys Sent 10 20
    Number of Surveys Returned 9 18
    Percent of Surveys Returned 90.00% 90.00%
    Available for Employment 5 8
    Percent Available for Employment 83.30% 80.00%
    Not in Labor Market 4 10
    Percent Not in Labor Market 66.70% 100.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 5 8
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 2 5
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 40.00% 62.50%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 60.00% 37.50%
    Employed - No Response 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.1 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 10
    Very Satisfied 2 1
    Percent Very Satisfied 33.30% 10.00%
    Satisfied 4 9
    Percent Satisfied 66.70% 90.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 9 18
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1 6
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 11.10% 33.30%
    Career Change 2 1
    Percent Career Change 22.20% 5.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 22.20% 11.10%
    Preparation for Further Education 3 8
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 33.30% 44.40%
    Personal Interest 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 11.10% 5.60%
    Other 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 5 8
    Before Enrollment 4 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 80.00% 25.00%
    While Attending the College 1 5
    Percent While Attending the College 20.00% 62.50%
    After Training at the College 0 1
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 12.50%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 5 8
    In College District 5 7
    Percent In College District 100.00% 87.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 12.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 3
    Average Monthly Wage $3,229 $2,895
    Average Hourly Wage $18.78 $16.83
    Average Work Hours per Week 44.5 42.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
    Average Hourly Wage $13.25
    Average Work Hours per Week 20
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 12 816
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 77
    Total Jobs 12 893
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Cate Machine And Welding Computer Numerical Control Machinist Belleville
    Classe Auto Body Precision Machinist Spring Green
    Madison Kipp Corporation General Production Sun Prairie
    Milwaukee Valve Company Machinist Prairie du Sac
    MPI International Tool & Die Apprentice Deerfield
    Swift Manufacturing And Engineering Machinist

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    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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