Machine Tool Technician Career Outlook

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Northwood Tech Machine Tool Technician Graduate Survey Responses 2017-2018

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Northwood Tech Machine Tool Technician Graduate Survey Responses 2017-2018

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$39,517 - $74,874

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Northwood Tech Machine Tool Technician Graduate Survey Responses 2017-2018 





Typical positions available after graduation include:

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CNC Machinist

Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment or systems.

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Maintenance Machinist

Maintenance Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts. Many machinists must be able to use both manual and CNC machinery. CNC machines control the cutting tool speed and do all necessary cuts to create a part. The machinist determines the cutting path, the speed of the cut and the feed rate by programming instructions into the CNC machine.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Machine Tool Operator

  • Apprentice Machinist

  • Machine Setup Person

  • Tool Room Machinist

  • CNC Programmer

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Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Machine Tool Technician technical diploma at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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