Machine Tool Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working in lab

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.

100%

Overall Placement

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway

50%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

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 (MTT118)
  • Lathe Applications (MTT119)
  • Basic Machine Tool Programming (CIM101)
  • Machine Tool Applications (MTT212)
  • Metrology/Quality Control (MTT127)
  • CNC Programming and Machining (CIM123)
  • Fixture Design and Fabrication (MTT222)
  • Electrical Discharge Machining (CIM205)
  • CAD/CAM (CIM220)
  • Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment (MTT216)

​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​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.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Machine Shop

Get hands-on experience in advanced labs using industry-standard equipment just like you’ll see in the real world.

Industry Partners

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.

Lycoming Engines
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Gene Haas Logo
SECO Tools
Internship

Your knowledge in practice

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

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

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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

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

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.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

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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More Information

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

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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.

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 .

  • Mr. Keith Blair, '86, Manufacturing Engineer, L-3 Communications
  • Mr. Walter Boguslaw, Manufacturing Engineer, Harold Beck & Sons
  • Mr. Michael Brown, '89, '96, Manufacturing Engineer, Keystone Friction Hinge
  • Mr. Michael A Fitzgerald, President/CEO, Acero Precision & Altus Spine
  • Mr. Kenneth F Healy, '90, '01, Executive Vice President & Director of Engineering, PMF Industries Inc.
  • Mr. Zach Mazur, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Busch Manufacturing
  • Mr. Glenn Poirier, VP Sales & Marketing, MetalKraft Industries
  • Mr. Gregg Shimp, VP, Integrated Operations, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Chris Washinger, Sales and Applications Engineer, Iscar Metals Inc.
  • Mr. Adam J White, Senior Applications Engineer, Hardinge Inc.
  • Mr. Alex Witter, Director of Engineering, Keystone Friction Hinge
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu