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Technical Diploma

Machine Tooling Technics

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Machine Tooling Technics Overview

If you have good mechanical skills and enjoy building or crafting items, check out CVTC’s Machine Tooling Technics program! You can earn a technical diploma in 18-20 months. This program offers training for employment in CNC programming, CNC machining, CNC operation, mold making, and quality-control inspection. This program is four days a week for 64 weeks.

You will learn the following:

  • Operation, setup, and programming of industrial computerized machine tools, milling machines, machining centers, and turning centers
  • CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided machining) to manufacture parts
  • How to operate industrial-sized manual machine tools, including engine lathes, milling machines, and grinding machines
  • The high skill it takes to hold precision tolerances with machine tools
  • The process of chip removal and applied physics

Scholarships Available!

$500 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.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Machine Tooling Technics
62 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, October, January, March, June


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $14,293

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Career Opportunities

CNC Machinist

Hob Operator


Mold Repairer


Graduate Employers

Hudson Machine & Tool

MRS Machining Company

Prototype Solutions Group

Riverside Machine & Engineering

Schmit Prototypes

W.S. Darley & Co.

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Machine Tooling Technics graduates reported an average starting salary of $49,490.



100% of our recent Machine Tooling Technics graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 167 job openings in the CVTC district for the Machine Tooling Technics industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Machine Tooling Technics program.

Sample Courses

CAM for CNC Lathe
Students will develop and apply skills in creating part geometry, generate tool paths using facing, rough, finish, groove, thread, drilling, cut-off, and lathe live tooling.

Advanced CNC Turning Processes
Students will develop and apply setup and programming skills using CNC turning centers with live tooling capabilities.

Competitive Machining Techniques
The theories that will be applied in this course will include High Speed Machining (HSM), Hard Milling, Live Tooling on the Lathe, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Fixture Creation, and Program Optimization.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a 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.

One-Year Technical Diploma

Machine Tool Operator

Two-Year Technical Diploma

Machine Tooling Technics

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Peter, Machine Tooling Technics Student

My favorite part has been making the parts on the CNC computerized machines. Programming it on the computer, then seeing it come through the machine, it’s like seeing all your work come to fruition.


Machine Tooling Technics Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Automation Engineering Technology, Associate Degree

Automotive Maintenance Technician, Technical Diploma

Machine Tool Operator, Technical Diploma

Mechatronics Specialist, Associate Degree


Production Technician

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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This program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

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Admission Requirements

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