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Machine Tool Technology

What Will I Learn?

Students taking Machine Tool Technology courses will be introduced to precision measuring tools, hand tools and their uses for machining and layout. They will review designs of basic jigs, gages and fixtures for specific machining applications. Courses also offer a comprehensive study of refining properties, mechanical properties and physical properties of ferrous materials, including the theory of alloys, heat treatment and testing; common types of milling machines, surface grinders and their accessories; as well as a comprehensive study of mass production tooling such as punch press dies, roll formers and injection molds.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

As a graduate of Heartland Community College's Certificate in Machine Tool Technology program you will be able to gain employment in a variety of settings that incorporate machining and manufacturing technology. Employers interested in our graduates include manufacturers who hire machinists, machine operators, planners, tool designers, and quality control technicians.

The Occupational Wage Survey for Illinois indicates that average annual wages for machinists & machine operators range from $25,000-$45,000/year, depending on education and industry. Salary levels also tend to vary by regions in the state.1

What Are My Options?

The Machine Tool Technology certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare graduates for employment or advancement in the machine tool trade areas. This program includes introductions to blueprint reading, microcad, machine tool, CNC manufacturing, tool-making, ferrous metallurgy, welding, technical writing and basic computer skills. Students choosing to continue their education after the Machine Tool Technology certificate may easily continue in to the Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree The Machine Tool Technology courses are part of the construction emphasis under the Manufacturing Technology program.


  1. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2009, on the Internet at http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/PDFs/statewidewage_pub.pdf