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Machine Tooling Technics

  • Technical Diploma - Two Years
  • Program Code: 32-420-5
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • CNC Machinist

  • CNC Machine Tool Programmer

  • Tool & Die Maker

  • CAD/CAM Programmer

  • CNC Machine Tool Operator

  • Machine Shop Supervisor

  • Machine Shop Owner

Continuing Education

Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.

Students in the machine tooling technics program have the opportunity to earn a two-year technical diploma as well as three nationally recognized credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Two credentials are earned at the end of the second semester and the third credential is earned at the end of the third semester. The credentials certify student achievement in the following areas:

  • Measurement, Materials and Safety
  • CNC (computer numerical control) Mill Operator
  • CNC (computer numerical control) Lathe Operator​

If you are a hands-on person with good mechanical skills who enjoys building or crafting items, the Machine Tooling Technics Program could be a good match for you.

The Machine Tool program offers training for employment as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist, CNC Machine Programmer, Mold Maker/or Tool and Die maker. You will work on state-of-the art computerized machine tools and gain real world experience that can be used in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.

This is the program for students seeking an interesting and challenging career in a clean, high-tech work environment, with job stability; and a career that rewards growth and experience. If you are interested in this program, contact the program director at 715-874-4642 to schedule a tour of the facilities.

You will learn

  • How to operate industrial size manual machine tools, engine lathes, milling machines, and grinding machines.
  • The skill to hold precision tolerances with machine tools.
  • The processes of chip removal and material forming.
  • The operation, setup, and programming of industrial Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools, milling machines, machining centers, and turning centers.
  • Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to manufacture parts.
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Minimum Program Credits Required - 66
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 70 (required for Admissions)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 35 (required for Admissions)
ACT Reading: 16 (required for Admissions)
ACT Math: 17 (required for Admissions)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.