Machine Tooling Technics

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 324205

Credits: 68

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,445.20
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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. 

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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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your 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.


MATC Machine Tooling Technics 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
  • Perform tool, die and/or mold operations

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates15138
    Number of Surveys Sent15138
    Number of Surveys Returned1415
    Percent of Surveys Returned93.30%7.70%62.50%
    Available for Employment1205
    Percent Available for Employment85.70%0.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market210
    Percent Not in Labor Market14.30%100.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed1204
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%0.00%80.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation903
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%0.00%75.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation301
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%0.00%25.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%20.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.133.2
    Number of Satisfaction Responses1315
    Very Satisfied (4)201
    Percent Very Satisfied15.40%0.00%20.00%
    Satisfied (3)1014
    Percent Satisfied76.90%100.00%80.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)100
    Percent Unsatisfied7.70%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses1415
    Preparation for Getting a Job503
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job35.70%0.00%60.00%
    Career Change200
    Percent Career Change14.30%0.00%0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills302
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills21.40%0.00%40.00%
    Preparation for Further Education410
    Percent Preparation for Further Education28.60%100.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses1204
    Before Enrollment201
    Percent Before Enrollment16.70%0.00%25.00%
    While Attending the College600
    Percent While Attending the College50.00%0.00%0.00%
    After Training at the College403
    Percent After Training at the College33.30%0.00%75.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses1204
    In College District1102
    Percent In College District91.70%0.00%50.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District102
    Percent of In Wisconsin8.30%0.00%50.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count83
    Average Monthly Wage$2,977 $2,979
    Average Hourly Wage$17.31 $17.32
    Average Work Hours per Week42.843.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Chapter 2 Inc CNC Operator Lake Mills
    Edgerton Gear Machinist Edgerton
    MPI Wisconsin Fineblanking Tool & Die Maker Apprentice Deerfield

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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