Machine Tool Technician
56 Credits | 1.5 Years
Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. Machinists use their knowledge of the properties of metals and machine tools to plan and carry out the operations necessary to make precise specification machined products.
The four-semester, Machine Tool Technician program at Northwood Tech will prepare you to operate and set up machine tools for the machining industry. You will learn general machining skills based on the skills and knowledge identified by the Metalworking Industry Skill Standards Board. You will gain skills in production planning, quality control, metallurgical processes, precision measuring, using an engineer's handbook and interpreting prints. Computer-aided machining and programming techniques are emphasized. New program start every January.
Machine Tool Technician graduates will be able to:
- Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
- Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
- Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
- Perform basic machine tool equipment set up and operation
- Perform programming, set up, and operation of CNC machine tools
- Perform advanced CNC machining operations
Becoming a machinist is a hands-on learning experience. You will be able to create projects as you learn the trade. In becoming a machinist, you will learn a high skilled trade that requires precision and attention to detail. Being able to program CNC equipment will make you a sought after employment candidate for area employers.
Learn by doing.
Machine Tool Technician is offered on the Superior campus. Classes are in-person. Machine Tool Technician is scheduled over 1.5 years, including the summer term.
As a Machine Tool Technician student at Northwood Tech, you will have access to instructors with years of machining experience in a variety of industries.
Earn credentials every step of the way. The Machine Tool Technician two-year technical diploma includes an embedded Machine Tool Operation technical diploma that you will earn after just two semesters into the program.
The majority of the laboratory projects are hands on. After learning the theory, you'll put what you learned to practice in the machine tool lab.
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has a simple admissions process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out the application form along with a $30 application fee. After you've successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That's it!
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*
Machine Tool Technician
61 Credits | 2 Years
$1,400 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Machine Tool Technician Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Machine Tool Operation and Machine Tool Technician.