Certified by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS)
The Machine Tool Technology program is a study of the process of using machine tools to manufacture useful products and parts. Concentrations from which students may choose are Manual Machining or CNC (Computerized Numerical Control). In addition, short certificates are available in Manual Machining (including Precision Grinding) and Advanced CNC Machining. Students will acquire specialized knowledge and skills in many areas including mathematics, print reading, physics, precision measuring instruments, cutting tools, design, prototype, and machine tools. Graduates will have the ability to utilize their knowledge of the working properties of materials and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.
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Machine Tool Technology Careers
The demand for machine tool technicians and operators continues to increase. There are over 200 machine shops in north Alabama alone, and the need for entry level technicians and operators in the service area is greater than the current supply of qualified individuals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Machine Tool Technology seventh in the top 10 occupational areas on the basis of net life earnings. The typical base salary ranges for a Machine Tool Technician is $31,200 – $72,800, not including overtime or benefits.
Career opportunities in our area include: Boeing, ULA, Brown Precison Inc., In-Tech America Medical, Dynetics, Parker Hannifin, IMS INC., NASA, Pro-Fab, Tanksley Machine, Snap-On, T&C Stamping, ATI Metals, Kennametal, Remington, Federal Mogul, Steelcase, Strategix Medical Solutions, TVA, EFI, Wilson Machine, Micor Industries, and Automatic Screw Machine Products.
Experienced machinists may be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms, increasing their earning power.