Machine Tool Technology (A.A.S.)

Because of the rapid advances made in industrial technology over the past decade, few career fields have grown as much as metalworking. Students in this program get a full introduction to the field and practical experience in machining operations used in practically every manufacturing industry.

The graduate, highly skilled in the use of precision machines and instruments, is capable of making intricate parts meeting precise specifications. With practical experience in bench work, floor work, assembly layout, selected milling machine operations, lathe, shaper, drill press, numerical control programming and machining, machine tool maintenance and inspection, the graduate is prepared to handle a wide range of responsibilities in the metalworking industry. This curriculum offers a certificate in Machine Tool Operator. Upon completion of 65 credit hours, a student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Machine Tool Technology. A student may elect to receive a Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Machine Tool after completion of 45 credit hours.


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 165 Professional Communications
or approved ENG course
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I
or MAT 110 College Algebra
or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 
MAT 171 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry II
or MAT 111 College Trigonometry
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   15.0
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3.0
MTT 121 Machine Tool Theory I 3.0
MTT 123 Machine Tool Theory II 3.0
MTT 130 Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions & Tolerancing 3.0
MTT 141 Metals and Heat Treatment 3.0
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3.0
Subtotal 17.0
CPT 169 Industrial Computer Applications 3.0
MTT 122 Machine Tool Practice I 4.0
MTT 124 Machine Tool Practice II 4.0
MTT 126 Machine Tool Practice III 4.0
MTT 143 Precision Measurement 2.0
MTT 161 Machine Tool Maintenance Theory 2.0
MTT 222 Tool and Diemaking Practice I 4.0
MTT 224 Tool and Diemaking Practice II 4.0
MTT 251 CNC Operations 3.0
MTT 253 CNC Programming and Operation 3.0
Subtotal   33.0
Total Credit Hours 65.0

Updated 4/3/2017


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Machine Tool Technology program is to provide the technical instruction and practical experience for skill development to enable the student to become gainfully employed in the Machine Tool Technology field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge gained in class to complete metal working projects to blueprint requirements.

  2. Setup and safely operate all machine tools required for project completion.

  3. Apply the proper use of measuring tools for the completion of projects within stated limits.

  4. Maintain the personal discipline to complete projects on time.

  5. Use technology in machine shop related to on the job requirements.

  6. Use applicable tooling correctly during various machining operations.


Advisement Information

Program notes

  • To help students maximize financial aid opportunities as well as help ensure that students take their courses in the appropriate sequence, it is recommended that students entering Machine Tool Technology be admitted to the associate degree program, rather than certificate or diploma programs.  The certificates and diplomas can be earned and awarded as they are completed within the associate degree program.  Be aware that not all MTT courses are offered each semester, so the best practice is to advise students to take the courses as outlined in the semester-by-semester graduation plan (see below).
  • Students starting in the Spring or Summer may be advised to complete developmental and/or general education coursework so that they can begin MTT courses in the Fall semester.  In some cases, students may be able to start with MTT coursework in the Spring or Summer, but starting in a semester other than Fall may affect students’ financial aid in subsequent semesters. It is best to connect with Don Lytch (at the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood), or Phillip Calhoun (at the center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens), if a student needs to start MTT courses in a semester other than Fall.
  • Ensure that first-term students take all MTT courses, even if developmental courses are needed. Ask the department head or full-time instructor for the best match. First-semester students in the FALL who are enrolled in developmental study courses should sign up for the following MTT courses:  MTT 143, MTT 120, MTT 121, MTT 122.
  • MTT courses are offered during days and evenings.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 165.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165. To schedule developmental English, substitute in place of ENG 165 during the Spring semester.
  • The math required for this program is MAT 170.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.To schedule developmental math, substitute in place of MAT 170 during the Fall semester.
  • This degree requires CPT 169, and CPT 101 can be substituted for CPT 169.  CPT 101 uses Office 2016.  CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101.  The CPT 101 access code is good for six months.  RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.
  • Developmental students enrolling in the Spring or Summer should be advised by the MTT faculty members.

Notes about other requirements

  • The Machine Tool student enrolling in the diploma or associate degree program should be prepared to purchase $350 worth of hand-tools necessary for project work. A good calculator with sine, cosine and tangent functions, along with fractional/decimal equivalent is recommended (TI-36X Solar by Texas Instruments). Safety glasses are required.
  • Students may earn a Machine Tool Operator certificate by completing the following courses successfully (25 cr. hrs.): MTT 121, 122, 143, 250, 120, 123, 124 and CPT 169.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan


  • Enrollment advisor: Please send the MTT academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment if student is not able to meet with his or her academic advisor for initial advisement.
  • You may contact Don Lytch (at the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood) or Phillip Calhoun (at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens) for information about this program.
  • Please email if this advising guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.