Machine Tool Technology


The work of machine tool operators, machinists, industrial maintenance personnel, and related occupations requires skill in machining metal by machine tools such as milling machines, lathes, grinders, and drill presses, EMD plunger machines, and the ability to use precision measuring tools.

The course in Machine Tool Technology is designed to develop basic skills in machine tool operation and provide the student experience on a variety of machine tools similar to those which he/she will operate after graduation including computerized numerical controlled machines. Instruction is given in related blueprint reading, mathematics, precision measuring, and basic metallurgy and basic CAM software (Gibbs CAM, Solidworks, Feature CAM).

Students will be tested with Nims (The National Institute for metal working skills) and acquire four certificates.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,124.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,855.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Production Machine Tender432Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machinist I1728Diploma
CNC Lathe Machine Setup and Operate (Supplemental Certificate)Certificate
CNC Milling Machine Setup and Operate (Supplemental Certificate)Certificate
Gibbs Cam Programming (Supplemental Certificate)Certificate

Campus Locations

McMinnville Campus
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110

Job Duties

Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 5,650

Current job openings per year: 640


First Trimester: 
Blueprint Layout and Reading
Hand Tool Projects
Reading Micrometers
Depth Micrometers
Manual Lathes
Manual Milling Machines
Second Trimester: 
Blueprint Layout and Reading
Manual Lathes
Manual Milling Machines
Introduction to Surface Grinding
Third Trimester: 
Custom Machining Projects
3-D Printing
Fourth Trimester: 
Introduction to CNC Machines
Solid Works
Gibbs Cam
Feature Cam
HAAS Equipment Training (VF1 Milling Machine, VF2 Milling Machine, TL1 Tool Room Lathe)
NIMS Certifications


NIMS certifications


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