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

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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 the Enrollment Center 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.

First Semester

Second Semester


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.

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