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Career Area: Manufacturing
Technical Diploma
Program Number: 31-420-1
Approximately 1 Year to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4386
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.

Machine Tool Operation Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this degree:

CNC Machine Operator
CNC Machinist
Prototype Development Specialist
Service Writer Mechanic
Tool Maker

Average Median Wage


Machine Tool Operation Programs

Machine tool operators shape metal to precise dimensions with machine tools. Skilled operators perform complex and varied machining operations on lathes, milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, and other machine tools. This requires the planning and setting up of the correct sequences of machine operations from blueprints, layouts, and other instructions. The machine operator must precisely measure tolerance limits with micrometers, gauges, and other precision measuring instruments to assure that work meets specifications. Students learn these basic skills plus receive an introduction to computer numerical control (CNC). Skilled machine tool operators work in production departments of various industrial plants, in job shops, tool rooms, and in maintenance of production equipment.

Machine Tool Operation Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
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Madison College Machine Tool Operation at Madison College
Milwaukee Area Machine Tool Operation at Milwaukee Area
Northcentral Machine Tool Operation at Northcentral
Northwood Tech Machine Tool Operation - CNC at Northwood Tech
Waukesha County Machine Tool Operation at Waukesha County