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Machine Tool Operations and Technology

Machine Tool Operations - Certificate

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machine tool and cnc technology degree programs

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.

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.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information, contact:
Richard Brown  - (843) 349-5315
Timothy Coggins - (843) 349-7878

Georgetown Campus:
Charles Player - (843) 520-1429

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
MTT 101 Introduction to Machine Tool 2
MTT 106 Machine Tool Computer Applications 3
MTT 111 Machine Tool Theory and Practice I 5
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3
  TOTAL 13
Second Semester - Spring    
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 13
Third Semester - Summer    
MTT 249 Introduction to CAM 3
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3