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Machine Tooling Technics Program Details

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

$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 Tooling Technics
66 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

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

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,909

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

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

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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Get a Job

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

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Make More Money

Our recent Machine Tooling Technics graduates reported an average starting salary of $41,765.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Machine Tooling Technics program.
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  • 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.


  • CNC Grinder
  • CNC Machinist
  • Cost Estimator
  • Machinist
  • Mill/Turn Programmer
  • Tool and Die Maker

Career Outlook

A machinist or tool maker is a highly skilled trade. Graduates usually have several job offers when finished. Overall job placement for CVTC Machine Tooling Technics program graduates consistently exceeds 94 percent each year.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 5% growth is projected in machinist positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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