Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies

Machine Tool Operations – CertificateMachine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Operations program will prepare students to enter the exciting field of modern machine technology by providing them with the skills to run a machine shop and to operate specialized equipment.  The purpose of this certificate is to prepare machine operators with the safe and efficient use of manufacturing implements such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders. The work of a machine operator affects the creation and quality of consumer goods; namely, anything with machine-made parts. Students will be trained in basic machine tool operations and the use of precision measuring instruments for entry-level production machine operation positions. Students enrolled in this program will be required to purchase measuring instruments and certain hand tools.

HGTC’s Machine Tool Operations program was developed in response to regional employers who have expressed a demand for skilled employees with solid training in this specialized field.  All courses with a grade of "C" or better, apply towards HGTC's Associate in Applied Science in Machine Tool Technology degree.

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For more information, contact:
Brandon Haselden (843) 349-7886

Career Outlook

Demand for machine operators and other machinist positions is currently high at Boeing and other aerospace suppliers.  Entry-level salaries range from $25,000 to $40,000. Graduates can work in small job shops, large manufacturers, public institutions, and governmental agencies as operators, set-up technicians, machining technicians, CNC machine programmers, CAD/CAM programmers, tool and die makers, machine and tool sales, and shop owners.

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Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3
MAT 170 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
MTT 101 Introduction to Machine Tool 2
MTT 111 Machine Tool Theory and Practice I 5
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring
ENG 155 Communications I 3
MTT 105 Machine Tool Math Applications 3
MTT 112 Machine Tool Theory & Practice II 5
MTT 130 Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerances 2
MTT 141 Metals & Heat Treatment 3
  TOTAL 16
Third Semester - Summer
MTT 249 Introduction to CAM 3
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3