Machine Tool Technology


Advanced manufacturing facilities rely heavily on the skilled craftsmanship of machinists. Manufacturers employee machinists who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing modern production techniques. Machinists set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision parts.

Train and learn on state-of-the-art Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment, lathes, mills, and other machines to create products used in the manufacturing environment. Instruction is given in related mathematics, blueprint reading, precision measuring, basic metallurgy, and heat-treating of metals. Incorporating the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards, students learn cutting-edge techniques based on recognized fundamentals.

• Set up and operate manual, and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools

• Operate lathes, milling machines, grinders, horizontal and vertical bandsaws, and drill presses

• Align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and work pieces

• Monitor the feed and speed of machines

• Work from blueprints to turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machined parts

• Measure, examine, and test completed products for required tolerances


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 20 Months
Clock Hours 2,160
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $7,795.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,870.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Production Machine Tender432Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machinist I1728Diploma
Die Specialist2160Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
1635 Technology Way
PO BOX 848
Athens, TN 37303


NIMS certifications


Kaleb Moser

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