Machine Tool Operations

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-420-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Machine Tool Operations Diploma


Learn in-demand skills for machine tool operations. Students will choose one of two groups of courses to focus on – either Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine setup and operation, or CNC Swiss turning center setup and operation.

CNC machine tool operators with up-to-date experience are in demand.

You can apply your credits toward completing the CNC Technician technical diploma.

Additional program details: Attributes that will assist you in the program include a high mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and mathematical skills. Credit may be given for work experience, allowing you to complete the program more quickly. Students will need a tablet or mobile device to complete course requirements.

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Advanced Metal Fabrication

Develop higher-level skills involving the intricate preparation of a part for cutting, fabrication and welding, and producing parts using new techniques and a variety of materials. You will gain advanced skills in operating computer-controlled press brakes and shears, punch, and plasma/laser arc cutting machines.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) MACHTL-360 Metrology 1
(1) MACHTL-367 Machine Tool Technology 1
(1) MACHTL-384 Machine Trades Mathematics 1 1
(1) MDRAFT-385 Machine Blueprint Reading 1 1
(1) MACHTL-347 Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1
(or) MACHTL-300 Engine Lathe 1
(1) MACHTL-348 Single-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 2 ‡
(or) MACHTL-301 Engine Lathe 2 ‡
(1) MACHTL-361 Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 1 ‡
(or) MACHTL-309 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 1
(1) MACHTL-362 Multiple-Spindle Auto Screw Machine 2 ‡
(or) MACHTL-310 Manual Vertical Milling Machine 2 ‡
(2) ENG-340 Workplace Communication 2
(2) MACHTL-304 Introduction to CNC Programming ‡ 1
(2) MACHTL-385 Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡ 1
(2) MACHTL-391 Quality Control ‡ 1
(2) MDRAFT-386 Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡ 1
(2) MACHTL-371 CNC Swiss Turning Center 1
(or) MACHTL-320 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers ‡
(2) MACHTL-372 CNC Swiss Turning Center 2 ‡
(or) MACHTL-322 Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers ‡
(2) MACHTL-373 CNC Swiss Turning Center 3 ‡
(or) MACHTL-325 Surface Grinding

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools

Career Outlook

Because of the high volume of manufacturing that takes place in southeastern Wisconsin, CNC machine operators and setup people have marketable skills. Graduates of the program locate positions in which they are expected to set up, operate and interpret the CNC programs of the machine tools. These machines perform a variety of manufacturing processes, such as turning, milling, drilling, threading and contouring.

Possible Careers

CNC Setup and Operator - Turning and Vertical
Manual Lathe and Milling Machine Setup and Operator
Quality Inspector
Multi-Spindle Machine/Setup Operator
Single-Spindle Screw Machine Operator
CNC Swiss Operator
Tool Room Machinist


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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020