Machine Tool Operation

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 314201

Credits: 34

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,794.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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.

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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. 


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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Madison College Machine Tool Operations 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

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates122213
    Number of Surveys Sent122212
    Number of Surveys Returned9200
    Percent of Surveys Returned75.0%90.9%0.0%
    Available for Employment590
    Percent Available for Employment83.3%75.0%
    Not in Labor Market4110
    Percent Not in Labor Market66.7%91.7%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed580
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%88.9%
    Employed in Related Occupation450
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation80.0%62.5%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation130
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation20.0%37.5%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%11.1%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.53.40
    Number of Satisfaction Responses6120
    Very Satisfied (4)350
    Percent Very Satisfied50.0%41.7%
    Satisfied (3)370
    Percent Satisfied50.0%58.3%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses8200
    Preparation for Getting a Job330
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job37.5%15.0%
    Career Change210
    Percent Career Change25.0%5.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills140
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills12.5%20.0%
    Preparation for Further Education290
    Percent Preparation for Further Education25.0%45.0%
    Personal Interest030
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%15.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses260
    Before Enrollment020
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%33.3%
    While Attending the College220
    Percent While Attending the College100.0%33.3%
    After Training at the College020
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%33.3%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses680
    In College District550
    Percent In College District83.3%62.5%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District020
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%25.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown110
    Percent Location Unknown16.7%12.5%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count23
    Average Monthly Wage$3,096$2,977
    Average Hourly Wage$18.00$17.31
    Average Work Hours per Week43.543.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count21
    Average Hourly Wage$15.00$16.25
    Average Work Hours per Week21.025.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Lemke Motorsports CNC Machinist Helenville
    MPI Products LLC Machine Operator Deerfield
    Plastic Ingenuity Inc Machinist Cross Plains
    Plastic Ingenuity Inc Machinist Trainee Cross Plains

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