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

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324205


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 

This program is not offered online.

Machine Tool, CNC


To Apply

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

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 2016-2017 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
Third Semester

2 credits

Fourth Semester

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.

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