Machine Tool Technology

Machine Tool Technology



CNC Technicians are machinists with additional skills in programming, setup and operating computer driven machine tools. Most high-tech products including computers, aircraft and medical devices use precision components made on CNC machine tools. The CNC Technician relies on a strong background of machining skills. These skills include the understanding of machines, tooling, blueprints, and additional methods used to produce and inspect a part. After determining the best manufacturing strategies and selecting tools, a CNC program is developed. CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is many times used to assist in developing the CNC program.

Program Title:
Machine Tool Technology

Award Type:
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72
Award Outcomes:
  • Apply precision measurement techniques
  • Demonstrate sawing procedures
  • Demonstrate drilling procedures
  • Demonstrate grinding procedures
  • Demonstrate milling procedures
  • Demonstrate turning procedures
  • Interpret blueprints/drawings
  • Apply heat treating principles
  • Machine parts with tolerance
  • Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements
  • Operate equipment safely
  • Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements
  • Operate CNC machines efficiently
  • Demonstrate teamwork
  • Develop part designs within a group

Career Opportunities:
The successful CNC Technician may start his/her career as a CNC operator and progress to CNC setup, programmer, or inspector. Well paying jobs are available in the medical, aerospace, computer and recreational industries.

Choose Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 50 Credits
MACH1056 Blueprint Reading I 3
MACH1100 Introduction to Machining Technology 3
MACH1105 Drilling and Sawing Processes 2
MACH1110 Turning Technology I 3
MACH1120 Turning Technology II 3
MACH1125 Milling Technology I 3
MACH1130 Milling Technology II 3
MACH1135 Precision Grinding 2
MACH1140 Introduction to CNC 3
MACH2400 CNC Setup and Operation 3
MACH2406 CNC Programming 3
MACH2415 CNC Milling 3
MACH2420 Blueprint Reading II for Machinists 2
MACH2430 CNC Machining Centers 3
MACH2435 CNC Turning Centers 3
MACH2440 Quality Assurance 2
MACH2500 Introduction to Swiss-Style Machining 3
Technical Studies Electives: 4 Credits
MACH1145 Machinists Reference Materials 1
MACH1900 Specialized Lab 1-4
MACH2425 Geometry/Trigonometry for Machinists 2
MACH2445 Heat Treating and Metallurgy 2
MACH2450 Fundamentals of EDM 2
MACH2475 Gibbs CAD/CAM Milling 3
MACH2475 Gibbs CAD/CAM Milling 3
MACH2600 Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
MACH2610 Inspection Processes 3
MACH2615 Inspection Equipment and Techniques 3
MACH2620 Quality Systems 3
General Education Required: 12 Credits
ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
MATH2100 Concepts in Mathematics 3
MATH2200 College Algebra 4
METS1000 Computers in Manufacturing 3
PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
General Education Electives: 6 Credits
Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).