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Machine Tool Operator Certificate - Program Details

In this machine tool operator program, you will learn to safely make things with machines. You'll read blueprints and use measuring tools to get it just right. You will become skilled with drill presses, lathes, and mills to shape metal by hand. You'll also learn to use computers to tell machines how to make complex parts. This course gets you ready to make precise metal parts in today's factories.

The Start of a Promising Career

This certificate positions you for entry level jobs, as well as advanced learning if you want to pursue your associate degree.

Program Outcomes

After completing this program you'll be able to:

  • Learn how to read and use blueprints to make and inspect items you create.
  • Handle and use measuring tools accurately in a making setting.
  • Plan and craft items with a manual drill press, lathe, and milling machine.
  • Show how to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machinery and software, interpreting codes to shape items exactly as the blueprints require.

Courses and Curriculum

In this program, you’ll learn everything you need to know to be a competent machine tool operator. This certificate can be completed in 51-53 credit hours and includes classwork and practical experience. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all IMTL courses. All core courses must be completed within five years in order for the certificate to be awarded.

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Your Future as a Certified Machine Tool Operator

This program will equip you with the skills for a thriving career in modern manufacturing. Become a machinist, CNC operator, setter/operator—whatever you want to pursue.

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