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Machine Tool Operator Program Details

CVTC’s Machine Tool Operator is an embedded one-year technical diploma that can lead directly into the Machine Tooling Technics two-year associate degree program. The Machine Tool Operator program provides training for entry-level employment in a machining environment. Students will be exposed to manual lathes & mills, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) workstations, and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM). Students will gain the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to operate a variety of machine tools, along with other support equipment, to be able to produce parts to meet print specifications.

This program offers hands-on training from highly skilled and experienced instructors for employment in CNC programming, CNC machining, CNC operation, mold making, and quality-control inspection. If you wish to join the workforce quicker and you have strong mechanical skills and enjoy building or crafting things, this could be the program for you!

The Machine Tool Operator program is an affordable option that allows you to earn your diploma in less time, so you can join the workforce quicker and begin earning a competitive salary. Plus, graduates from this program often have several job offers when they graduate!

Throughout this one-year program you’ll learn about:

  • G & M code programming
  • Cutter compensation techniques
  • Casting molding, welding & gluing
  • Classification of materials
  • Machine tooling technics terminology
  • Engineering language used on blueprints
  • Interpretation of blueprints

$1,000 Scholarships Available!

$1,000 scholarships are available for new first semester, full time students enrolled in CVTC’s Advanced Machine Tool Technology program! All you need to do is successfully complete your first semester with 90% attendance and a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is funded by Gene Haas Foundation for CVTC Advanced Machine Tool Technology Students.

To learn more, call 715-833-6300.

Just the Facts

Machine Tool Operator
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
October, January, March, and June

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $6,964

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Additional Information

Gainful Employment Data

Non-Traditional Occupation

Machine Tooling Technics Career Pathway  

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

One-Year Technical Diploma

Machine Tool Operator

Two-Year Technical Diploma

Machine Tooling Technics

How To Enroll

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Machine Tool Operator program.
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  • Materials for Machinists
    During this course individuals will learn the terminology relating to the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of materials used for Machine Tool Technics. Materials covered will be the classification of steel, cast iron, aluminum, copper, and polymers. Lab activities include hardening, annealing, case hardening, destructive test, non-destructive test, casting molding, welding, and gluing of materials.
  • MT Blueprint Reading and GD&T
    Introduction of engineering language used on blueprints; interpretation of blueprints; blueprints and understanding manufacturing processes and communication between product design and machinist - manufacturer.
  • CNC Mill Programming Theory
    In this course students will acquire knowledge and skills in CNC Mill programming concepts. Students will develop and apply manual G & M code programming skills in linear and circular interpolation, canned cycles, cutter compensation techniques, and applications using sub-program and sub-routines. Math concepts will be applied to find Cartesian coordinates for part geometry.


  • CNC Operator
  • Grinder
  • Machine Operator
  • Tooling Engineer

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