Machine Tooling Technics

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324205

Overview

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


Admission

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.  

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2019-2020 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.

Outcomes

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.
Careers

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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    68
    Tuition
    $9282.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $2669.32
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $11951.32
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 20 15 13
    Number of Surveys Sent 20 15 13
    Number of Surveys Returned 10 14 1
    Percent of Surveys Returned 50.00% 93.30% 7.70%
    Available for Employment 9 12 0
    Percent Available for Employment 90.00% 92.30% 0.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 2 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 10.00% 15.40% 100.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 9 12 0
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 9 9 0
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 75.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 3 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 25.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.1 3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 13 1
    Very Satisfied 5 2 0
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 15.40% 0.00%
    Satisfied 5 10 1
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 76.90% 100.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 7.70% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10 14 1
    Preparation for Getting a Job 4 5 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.00% 35.70% 0.00%
    Career Change 2 2 0
    Percent Career Change 20.00% 14.30% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 4 3 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 40.00% 21.40% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 4 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 28.60% 100.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 12 0
    Before Enrollment 1 2 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 11.10% 16.70%
    While Attending the College 1 6 0
    Percent While Attending the College 11.10% 50.00%
    After Training at the College 7 4 0
    Percent After Training at the College 77.80% 33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 9 12 0
    In College District 7 11 0
    Percent In College District 77.80% 91.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10% 8.30%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 11.10% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 8
    Average Monthly Wage $3,214 $2,977
    Average Hourly Wage $18.69 $17.31
    Average Work Hours per Week 41.5 42.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
    Average Hourly Wage $14.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 16