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Machine Tool Technology

Do you enjoy taking things apart to see how they work, and operating machines with precision and accuracy? Machine tool operators make and repair the objects of everyday life – from auto parts to winemaking equipment. Career opportunities are plentiful and well-paid, and they don’t require a four-year degree.

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Did You Know?

  • 13% of tool and die makers have an associate’s degree
  • Demand for computer-operated machine tool programmers is projected to grow 27% through 2030

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Program Highlights

NVC’s Machine Tool Technology Program can give you the training you need to set up and operate conventional machine tools and modern machining and turning centers. Students gain hands-on experience using both manual tools and computers to program modern computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines.  Coursework includes classes in setting up and operating basic machine tools, such as engine lathes, milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, and CNC machining centers. Students also develop related skills including blueprint reading, drafting, and practical math.

Students may earn a machine tool-specific certificate after two semesters, a Certificate of Achievement for the full range of coursework, or an AS degree with the addition of general education requirements.


Manufacturers in the U.S. need to fill 4.8 million jobs by 2028, and 83% of manufacturers say attracting and retaining a quality workforce as their top challenge. With their skills and hands-on learning experience, machine tool technology graduates are in a strong position to earn job offers and opportunities for advancement.

  • Machinists
  • Millwrights
  • Winery maintenance mechanics
  • Computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine operators
  • CNC programmers
  • Automotive machinists
  • Tool and die makers
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After NVC

Work experience is an important means to advancement. After four years of experience, machine tool operators can earn journeyman machinist status, possessing the highest degree of skill. Advanced study in areas such as industrial design and engineering can further career opportunities in the realm of production and development. Program faculty and NVC Counseling can provide further career guidance and study options.