Program Description

CVTC’s Machine Tool Operator is an embedded one-year technical diploma that can lead directly into the Machine Tooling Technics program. CNC machining and tool making are highly skilled trades. If you have strong mechanical skills and enjoy building or crafting things, the Machine Tooling Technics program is the right choice for you. This affordable program allows students to earn their diploma in less time than a four-year college or university. Compare our tuition rates with other colleges and you will see the value of a CVTC education.

$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.

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Just the Facts

Machine Tooling Operator
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:
August, October, January, March, and June

Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $6,988

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How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Machine Tool Operator program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • 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 G7M 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

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