Machine Tool Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

About this program

Small and medium-sized manufacturing operations need skilled machinists and toolmakers to keep their production lines running smoothly. When you study Machine Tool Technology, you’ll explore what it takes to play a vital role in this high-demand field. Coursework covers all aspects of machine operations from theory and design to CNC programming. Learn how to setup and manage mill and lathe operations. Use specialized software to create custom machined parts. Through hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs, you’ll take away an advanced skills that will allow you to score a variety of careers in machine shops and manufacturing industries as diverse as your interests.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway

100%

Overall Placement

Extensive Hands-On Experience

Careers

  • Toolmaker
  • Machinist
  • CNC technician 
  • Manufacturing assistant 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Mill Applications (MTT128)
  • Lathe Applications (MTT129)
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM (CIM102)
  • CNC Machining & Programming I (CIM104)
  • CNC Machining & Programming II (CIM124)
  • CAD/CAM (CIM220)
  • Quality Control with GD&T (MTT131)
  • Machine Tool Applications (MTT213)
  • Fixture Design & Fabrication (MTT222)
  • Electrical Discharge Machining (CIM205)
  • Abrasive Machining & Heat Treatment (MTT216)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
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Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center

Thanks to alumni Larry Ward's generous $1 million+ donation, the machining lab has undergone extensive renovations, including 50 new machines for the 14,299 square-foot lab. Check it out!

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Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Internship

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Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Baja SAE team reigns supreme … again

Baja SAE team reigns supreme … again

The Penn College team recently established itself as the best in the world with two victories!

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Baja SAE

Join other students, across various majors, and apply your skills to design a vehicle to compete in regular Baja SAE competitions.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News
07.08.2024

Dedication celebrates college’s additive manufacturing center

Pennsylvania College of Technology formally dedicated the Jean McMahon Soars Center for Additive Manufacturing July 3 in the College Avenue Labs facility on main campus. The Soars family has supported Penn College and the Penn College Foundation in a multitude of ways over the years, including scholarships, summer learning experiences for middle school students via the My Tomorrow camp and more.

05.24.2024

Spring flashback: Northern Ireland visitors are a highlight

Before diving into summer, Penn College News takes a look back at a spring semester highlight: the two-week visit by our new friends from Northern Ireland's North West Regional College. The contingent of 12 students and two faculty members visited Penn College early last month. Half of the group is studying cybersecurity at NWRC, with the others focused on engineering.

05.01.2024

Penn College Baja SAE team poised for success

Throughout its 19-year history, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s team has crisscrossed the country to compete at Baja SAE. This year, they only must travel a dozen miles from campus to test their skills, a reality that should aid last-minute preparations for the international event. Penn College is hosting Baja SAE for the first time, May 16-19, at its Heavy Equipment Operations Site in Brady Township.

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See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Accredited Testing/Certification Institute for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

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Tools

It is suggested that students have at least the recommended tools. This will minimize the time spent waiting in line to obtain or return the basic tools to the room. Instructors will help identify what tools are needed during the first day of class. Free lockers are located in the laboratory area. Students must supply their own locks. Lockers must be cleaned and locks removed at the end of the spring semester or College personnel will remove and discard the items.

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Required Tools

Uniform

Do not wear loose fitting clothing that may get caught in a machine; short sleeves or tightly rolled up sleeves are recommended. Long hair should be pulled back and securely fastened. Shop aprons should be worn to reduce the wear and tear on clothing. Safety glasses and safety shoes should be worn during time spent in laboratory area.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Keith Blair, '86, Manufacturing Engineer, L-3 Communications
  • Mr. Richard C Bloom, Principal Process Development Engineer, First Quality Products, Inc.
  • Mr. Walter Boguslaw, Manufacturing Engineer, Harold Beck & Sons
  • Mr. Michael Brown, '89, '96, Manufacturing Engineer, Keystone Friction Hinge
  • Mr. Anthony Cicero, Regional Manager, TRAK Machine Tools
  • Mr. Bryan E Harlacker, '00, Process Engineer IV, Jabil Healthcare
  • Mr. Kenneth F Healy, '90, '01, Executive Vice President & Director of Engineering, PMF Industries Inc.
  • Mr. Robert Lazzari, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Johnson Controls Navy Systems
  • Mr. Zach Mazur, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Busch Manufacturing
  • Mr. Glenn Poirier, VP Sales & Marketing, MetalKraft Industries
  • Mr. Gary Slawik, Manager, Bihler of America
  • Mr. Chris Washinger, '92, Sales and Applications Engineer, Iscar Metals Inc.
  • Mr. Adam J White, '92, Senior Applications Engineer, Hardinge Inc.
  • Mr. Alex Witter, Director of Engineering, Keystone Friction Hinge
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    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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