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Machine Tool Technology Program

Machine Tool Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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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.  Students will be required to purchase appropriate safety items and tools.

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 hands-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.

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 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
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry I 3
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 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    
CNC 206 Additive manufacturing for Non-Metals 1
MTT 241 Jigs and Fixtures 2
MTT 245 Rapid Prototype Setup and Operations 3
MTT 249 Introduction to CAM 3
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3
  TOTAL 12
Fourth Semester - Fall    
MTT 251 CNC Operations 3
MTT 252 CNC Setup and Operations 4
MTT 253 CNC Programming and Operations 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
WLD 116 Welding 2
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
MTT 113 Machine Tool Theory Practice III 5
MTT 254 CNC Programming I 3
MTT 255 CNC Programming II 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 17



*Students interested in transferring to a senior institution should select ENG 101, ENG 102 and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; PSY 201 in place of PSY 103.