Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology program has been developed as an employment avenue for students who seek a career in skilled trades. This program provides education and training courses that are usually a part of a formal tool and die maker apprenticeship. A graduate of the program is ready to then complete the on-the-job work experience through his employer that will lead to journeyman status and certification by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Students will be introduced to potential employers over the course of the program, and the student will intern at a local metal-machining company who employs apprentices. On completion of this program, the formal educational and training components of an apprenticeship will be satisfied, with on-the-job training remaining after becoming employed as an apprentice.

Career Opportunities

This curriculum prepares graduates for employment opportunities in the following skilled trades:

  • Precision machinist
  • Mold maker
  • Die maker
  • Tool maker
  • Pattern maker

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 63

Program Requirements

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Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGLISH * 3
COMMUNICATION * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
PHYS 112 TECHNICAL PHYSICS I  4
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MACTR 110 PRINT READING - MECHANICAL  3
MACTR 121 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION I  3
MACTR 122 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION II  3
MACTR 123 MACHINE TOOL OPERATION III  2
MACTR 124 SPECIAL MACHINING SKILLS  2
MACTR 221 MACHINING INTERNSHIP  1
MATH 130 TECHNICAL ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY  5
MECTK 115 PRINCIPLES OF DIMENSIONAL METROLOGY  2
MECTK 121 INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD  3
MECTK 204 STATICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS  4
MECTK 231 INDUSTRIAL FLUID POWER  3
MECTK 232 MATERIALS SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL METALLURGY  3
NCTK 110 INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS  1
NCTK 210 FUNDAMENTALS OF CNC PROGRAMMING  2
NCTK 212 CNC MACHINE OPERATION I  2
NCTK 214 CNC MACHINE OPERATION II  2
WELD 119 WELDING PROCESSES  3

* See specific requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1MECTK 115; MACTR 121; Mathematics; English; MACTR 110
Spring Semester 1MECTK 121; MACTR 122; Communication; PHYS 112; NCTK 110; NCTK 212
Fall Semester 2NCTK 214; MACTR 123; Social Science; WLDTR 119; MECTK 231; MECTK 204
Spring Semester 2MACTR 124; MECTK 232; WELD 119; Humanities/Fine Arts; NCTK 210

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building, Room 209
(309) 694-5171 or (309) 694-5510

Illinois Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Pathway:
Maintenance, Installation and Repair

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