A.A.S., Major in Machine Tool Technology

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Because of the rapid advances made in industrial technology over the past decade, few career fields have grown as much as metalworking. Students in this program get a full introduction to the field and practical experience in machining operations used in practically every manufacturing industry.

The graduate, highly skilled in the use of precision machines and instruments, is capable of making intricate parts meeting precise specifications. With practical experience in bench work, floor work, assembly layout, selected milling machine operations, lathe, shaper, drill press, numerical control programming and machining, machine tool maintenance and inspection, the graduate is prepared to handle a wide range of responsibilities in the metalworking industry. This curriculum offers a certificate in Machine Tool Operator. Upon completion of 65 credit hours, a student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Machine Tool Technology. A student may elect to receive a Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Machine Tool after completion of 45 credit hours.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Bob Koster


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day or Evening Program

MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I
or approved MAT course
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3.0
MTT 121 Machine Tool Theory I 3.0
MTT 122 Machine Tool Practice I 4.0
MTT 143 Precision Measurement 2.0
MTT 123 Machine Tool Theory II 3.0
MTT 124 Machine Tool Practice II 4.0
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications
or approved ENG course
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
MTT 126 Machine Tool Practice III 4.0
MTT 141 Metals and Heat Treatment 3.0
MTT 161 Machine Tool Maintenance Theory 2.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
MAT 171 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry II
or approved MAT course
MTT 130 Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions & Tolerancing 2.0
MTT 222 Tool and Diemaking Practice I 4.0
MTT 251 CNC Operations 3.0
CPT 169 Industrial Computer Applications 3.0
MTT 224 Tool and Diemaking Practice II 4.0
MTT 253 CNC Programming and Operation 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 65.0

Updated 4/4/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement: The purpose of the Machine Tool Technology program is to provide the technical instruction and practical experience for skill development to enable the student to become gainfully employed in the Machine Tool Technology field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge gained in class to complete metal working projects to blueprint requirements.

  2. Setup and safely operate all machine tools required for project completion.

  3. Apply the proper use of measuring tools for the completion of projects within stated limits.

  4. Maintain the personal discipline to complete projects on time.

  5. Use technology in machine shop related to on the job requirements.

  6. Use applicable tooling correctly during various machining operations. 


Advisement Information

  • Students starting in the spring semester can take the MTT courses listed for the second semester with the exception of MTT 124.  Please contact Bob Koster or Johnny Merck during the enrollment process.

  • Students starting in the summer may complete developmental and/or general education coursework in the summer and begin MTT courses in the fall semester.  In some cases students may be able to start with MTT coursework in the summer.  It is best to connect with Bob Koster or Johnny Merck. 

  • Ensure that first-term students take at least one MTT course even if developmental courses are needed. Ask the department head or full-time instructor for the best match. First semester students who are enrolled in developmental study courses could sign up for the following MTT courses:
    MTT 143, MTT 101, MTT 121, MTT 122, MTT 175, MTT 162, MTT 105 or MTT 141
    If math skills are fairly strong, MTT 120 may be taken.

  • Courses are offered during day and evening. 

  • To schedule developmental math, substitute in place of MAT 170.

  • To schedule developmental English, substitute in place of PSY 103.

  • The Machine Tool student enrolling in the diploma or associate degree program should be prepared to purchase $300 worth of hand-tools necessary for project work. A good calculator with sine, cosine and tangent functions, along with fractional/decimal equivalent is recommended (TI-36X Solar by Texas Instruments). Safety glasses are required.

  • Students may earn a Machine Tool Operator certificate by completing the following courses successfully (26 cr. hrs.): MTT 121, 122, 143, 253, 120, 123, 124 and a 4-hour elective.

  • Students who are currently working in a machine shop or related field may be able to enroll in Cooperative Work Experience courses. These courses may be used as a substitution class to be determined by the Machine Tool department head.

  • Note to enrollment advisor: please send MTT academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment. Best if you call immediately for student to be introduced to advisor/instructors.

Advisement information updated 3/17/2014