Machine Tool Technology
What is a Machine Tool Technologist?
The Machine Tool Technology degree program produces an apprentice tool and die maker basically trained in all areas of precision machining. Tool and die makers are among the most highly skilled production workers in today's economy. These workers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools. Their work is reflected in a variety of products we use daily -- from clothing and furniture to heavy equipment and parts for aircraft. Median hourly earnings of tool and die makers were $19.76 in 2000, with the range being from about $12.44/hr. to more than $28.88/hr.
The Machine Tool Technology degree program also trains the student in CNC operations and programming. Computer-control programmers and operators use computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines to cut and shape precision products, such as automobile parts, machine parts, and compressors. CNC machines include metal-machining tools such as lathes, multi-axis spindles, and milling machines.
Persons interested in becoming computer-control programmers or operators should be mechanically inclined and able to work independently and do highly accurate work. Median hourly earnings for computer-controlled machine tool operators and computer-controlled machine tool programmers can range from $8.80 to more than $26.66 per hour. Job opportunities in this field are expected to be excellent.
The Machine Tool diploma program will give the graduate all the basics to become a machinist and machine operator. Using their knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures, machinists use lathes, milling machines, and spindles to produce metal parts that meet precise specifications. Some machinists, often called production machinists, may produce large quantities of one part while other machinists do maintenance work -- repairing or making new parts for existing machinery. To repair a broken part, maintenance machinists may refer to blueprints and perform the same machining operations that were needed to create the original part. Persons interested in becoming machinists should be mechanically inclined, able to work independently, and able to do highly accurate work that requires concentration and physical effort. In 2002, earnings for machinists ranged from $9.01/hr. to more than $21.84.
Do you think machine tool work is dirty or boring? NOT ANYMORE!!!
Today's machine tool technology touches all areas of our lives -- clothing, furniture, heavy equipment, aircraft parts . . . even elegantly designed products for the home -- it's all possible because of the expertise of highly skilled machine tool workers!
Let us show you some of the machines our students are able to work with in the Machine Tool Labs.