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 Tooling Technics

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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.

Program Details

Machine Tooling is on a career pathway that includes this two-year technical diploma, a one-year technical diploma and a certificate. All will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Machine Tooling Technics program can attend full or part time.

Machine Tooling Technics Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax 

​Explore financial aid eligibility for Machine Tooling Technics. 

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.  



MATC Machine Tooling Technics 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 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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