Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Technologies

Machine Tool Technology – Associate in Applied Science pending SACSCOC approval

The Machine Tool Technology  program will prepare students for careers in modern machine tool technology. Machinists, machine operators or die makers design or produce most familiar objects, including precision parts for vehicles and military equipment, cellphone and game console cases, golf clubs, even microbrewery equipment – all are created by skilled machinists.


HGTC’s Machine Tool Technology program was developed in response to regional employers who have expressed a demand for skilled employees with both classroom and hand-on training using state-of-the-art equipment. This program prepares students for entry-level career opportunities in modern computer-integrated manufacturing environments as machinists, tool & die makers, production-control technicians, quality-control technicians, CNC programmers, and CNC setup and operation technicians.

For more information, contact:

Susan Greer (843-349-5344)

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Career Outlook

Many students have jobs before graduation day; however, the earned degree and stronger skills usually mean higher wages. Entry-level salaries range from $25,000 to $40,000 and experienced machinists command salaries of $60,000+ annually. Graduates can work in small job shops, large manufacturers, public institutions, and governmental agencies as operators, machinists, set-up technicians, machining technicians, CNC machine programmers, CAD/CAM programmers, tool and die makers, machine and tool sales, and shop owners.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.