Machine Tool Technology


The work of machine tool operators, machinists, industrial maintenance technicians, and other occupations requires skill in machining metal by machine tools such as milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses, and shapers, and the ability to use precision measuring tools. The courses in machine shop are designed to give the student experience on various machine tools similar to those on which they will work after graduation. Instruction is given in related blueprint reading and mathematics, precision measuring, and basic metallurgy such as properties of metal, their workable characteristics, heat treatment of metals, and relative hardness.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,984.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,012.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Production Machine Tender432Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machinist I1728Diploma

Campus Locations

Lexington Extension Campus
230 S. Broad Street
Lexington, TN 38351
Brownsville/Haywood Extension Campus
401 Morgan Street
Brownsville, TN 38012

Job Duties

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 9,050

Current job openings per year: 1,140


Sam Tolley
Cliff Craft

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