Machine Tool Operation
In the Machine Tool Operation program, gain hands-on practice and develop skills for the safe, efficient operation of the engine lathe, vertical milling machine and surface grinder. The program stresses the importance of proper machine shop practices including the selection and application of hand tools, the use of precision measuring instruments and layout procedures. Learn to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret engineering drawings and use applied mathematics.
- Prepare for jobs such as CNC operator, tool room machinist or machine tool operator.
- The curriculum for the 35-credit Machine Tool Operation program is the first year of studies in the more comprehensive 67-credit Tool and Die program. Students who complete the Machine Tool Operation programs will require just one additional year of studies to earn the additional credits needed for the Tool and Die program.
- Review gainful employment information.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $23,000-$33,000
- Average Salary: $27,582
- Median Salary: $27,019
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $27,019
- Average Hourly Wage: $11.83
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $28,730
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no college credit agreements for Machine Tool Operation. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- BS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
- MS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
- Journeyman Model Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited
- Journeyman Tool & Die Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited
"Learning activities integrated with progressively higher degrees of required problem solving provide the student with the most meaningful type of learning experience."
- AAS – Milwaukee Area Technical College
- Journeyworker – Tool and Die
- Certified Solid Works Instructor
"My philosophy is to not only teach the student to be successful in school but to be successful in industry and to pass knowledge on to new apprentices."
- WCTC, Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program
- BS-Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin- Stout
- Journeyman, Tool and Die Maker
"Stay true to the trade by instructing the fundamentals first."
- 1-8 1/2 x11 spiral bound subject notebook
- 1-2 1/2 -3 inch 3 ring binder
- 1-Calculator with "trig" function capabilities
- Several pencils and pens
- 1-yellow highlighter
- Leather safety toe shoes
- Safety glasses with side shields
MTO I 420-320 Tools
- Tool Box (locking) (examples are: Kennedy, Matco, Craftsman, etc.)
- 1-6 inch scale (steel)
- 1- "Jacobs" drill chuck key model K3 5/16 diameter
- 3-60 degree center drills , a #3, #4, and #5
- 1-Flat mille file (example 10 inch "flat smooth")
- 1-Plunge type dial indicator (example: mitutoyo #2456 7045)
MTO II 420-321 Tools
- 1-Soft body hammer (dead-blow)
- 1-Outside micrometer, 0-1 inch range
- 1-Dial (or digital) calipers 0-6 inch
- 1-Dial indicator (example: Brown & Sharpe Best Test Model 2188 3040 .001 increments)
- 1-Indicol universal indicator holder (for use with dial indicator above (example: 2186 8610)
- 1-82 degree countersink 1 inch body diameter, 3 or 4 flute preferred
MTO III 420-322 Tools
- 1-Outside micrometer, 1-2 inch range
- 4-Carbide inserts (to fit tool crib face mills) Style: NP-45L by Madill Carbide Inc.
- 1-Slip joint pliers
- 1- 1/4 inch diameter, 118 degree spot drill
- 1-4 Piece (minimum) screwdriver set, flathead and Phillips
- 1-Medium grit honing stone
MTO IV 420-323 Tools
- 1-Drill bit set, 1/32 thru 1/2 inch set by 1/32 inch increments
- 1-118 degree drill sharpening gage
- 1-60 degree center gage
- 1-Hexagon (Allen) wrench set, 12 pc. From 3/32-3/8 inch (in 1/32 inch increments)
- 1-Hexagon (Allen) wrench set metric, 9 pc. From 1.5-10mm
- 1-Center punch