Machine Tool Operation

Machine Tool Operation

Degree Type

33-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

On Campus



Machinists, or machine tool operators, produce parts to precise specifications, generally from setup to operation. In this program, acquire skills for the safe operation of engine lathes, vertical milling machines and surface grinders. Learn to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret engineering drawings and use applied mathematics.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • Submit application by August 1, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by August 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Start

  • Submit application by January 3, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by January 10, 2022

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any PC with at least i7, 3.2Ghx CPU, 32GB memory, Nvidia Quadro, AMD FirePro, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
  • MTO Tool Kit: $525
  • MTO 3/4 Tool Kit: $155
  • Safety equipment (shoes/glasses): $100

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Program Details

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If you have an aptitude for math, are interested in building things, working with machinery and equipment, and are mechanically inclined, a career as a machine tool operator may be right for you.

  • CNC Operator
  • Tool Room Machinist
  • Machine Tool Operator

$33,500 – $42,900 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Develop skills in WCTC’s state-of-the-art Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center.


Take part in a state and national award-winning SkillsUSA team.


Work on cross-functional projects with students from other areas of manufacturing.

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