Machine Tool Technology


The mission of the Machine Tool Program is to provide the necessary training, work experiences, and related technical knowledge for employment in the metal working industry. The work of machine tool operators, machinists, and other related occupations requires skill in machining metal by operating several machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses, and the ability to use precision measuring tools.

The course in Machine Shop is designed to develop basic skills in machine tool operation and provide students experience on a variety of machine tools similar to those which they will operate after graduation. 


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,248.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $833.00

Program Credentials

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

Campus Locations

Main Campus
813 West Main St.
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Job Duties

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 7,950

Current job openings per year: 900


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