Machine Tool Technology


The Machine Tool Technology program develops basic skills in machine tool operations and provides experience on a variety of machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, and CAD-CAM. Related math, blueprint reading, precision measuring, basic metallurgy, and heat treating are included. Graduates of the Machine Tool Technology program will be able to operate lathes, milling machines, CNC machines, surface grinders, and perform heat treating operations. Upon program completion, typical job opportunities are Machinist and CNC Operator.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,391.38
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,362.30

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Machinist I1728Diploma
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
Production Machine Tender432Certificate

Campus Locations

Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643

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: 9,080

Current job openings per year: 1,590


First Trimester: 
Math and Blueprint Reading
Sketching and Textbook Assignments
Bench Layout
Filing and Sawing
Hand Tools and Measuring Tools
Drilling, Tapping and Reaming
Lathe Work
Milling Machine
Vertical and Horizontal Milling
Surface Grinders
Heat Treating
Welding (Gas and Arc)
New Processes and Special Machines
Mastercam Software
D.P. Espirit
Shop Management and Record Keeping


NIMS certifications


Brent Powell

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