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

Machine Tool Technology (MY)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This curriculum prepares students to work with engineers and shop superintendents. Students develop skills in machine operation and theory, blueprint reading and mechanical drawing in the program's labs and shops. Training in job routing and scheduling is included. In the third semester, the emphasis is on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems and computer part programming capabilities. The course work includes discussions of such topics as robotics, graphics, group technology, future trends, and numerical control terms, definitions and standards. Related courses in mathematics, science and physics improve students' advancement potential. National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation enables our certified faculty to offer NIMS certification exams to our students. Students who successfully earn NIMS certification enjoy a competitive edge in the job market.

Career Opportunities

Toolmaker, machinist, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technician, production technician, manufacturing assistant.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science; machining experience desirable.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the Machine Tool Technology website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog ( It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work habits and be conscious of safety when working with machinery.
  • read blueprints, interpret drawings, understand specifications, and work within stated tolerances.
  • apply mathematics in the machine tool trade (speeds, feeds, thread measurement, sine bar, etc.).
  • apply the principles of metallurgy to the science of heat treatment operations, including hardening of steel, carburizing, case hardening, tempering, and annealing.
  • operate machine tools and demonstrate knowledge of their construction in relation to the metal working industry.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the construction and operation of production machinery of various manual and computer controlled machine tools.
  • demonstrate skills on Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling and turning centers, sinker and wire Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM).
  • operate abrasive cutting machines such as surface, cylindrical, internal, and form grinding equipment.
  • demonstrate skills in quality control, inspection, gauging methods, and production control as they relate to manufacturing, design, and production.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
MTT118Mill Applications 4 
MTT119Lathe Applications 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
Second SemesterCredits
CIM101Basic Machine Tool Programming 3 
MTT212Machine Tool Applications 4 
MTT127Metrology/Quality Control 4 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
Third SemesterCredits
CIM123CNC Programming and Machining 4 
MTT222Fixture Design and Fabrication 4 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CIM205Electrical Discharge Machining 3 
MTT216Abrasive Machining and Heat Treatment 4 
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 4 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 


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