Machine Tool Technology
Associate in Applied Science
This two-year degree will prepare you to work in the manufacturing industry as a manufacturing engineering technician or as a tool and die maker. Start working as an entry-level production team member in a manufacturing, construction, agricultural, or fabrication business.
The Machine Tool Technology program qualifies as a U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship with some local employers.
Learn alongside students who have similar interests and career goals.
Precision Machinist, Manufacturing Production Technician, Die Maker, Mold Maker, Tool Maker, Pattern Maker, Machine Tool Setter, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
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The Career and Technical programs at ICC establish an outstanding foundation for students to transition directly into high-demand, high-wage jobs after graduation. The Machine Tool Technology and CNC Machine Operator programs, however, made graduating student River take a more precise look at his future. Students in these two skilled trades programs quickly gain employment as precision machinists, lathe operators, or…
Crafting Careers: Cyle’s Dedication to Apprenticeship Excellence
Cyle’s journey from high school construction work to becoming an Industrial Maintenance and Electrical apprentice at Caterpillar showcases the value of apprenticeship programs and the practical approach to education. His decision not to go to college immediately after high school reflects the uncertainty many individuals face when determining their career paths. The opportunity to become an apprentice at Caterpillar in…
Breaking Boundaries: Kianna’s Success in Industrial Maintenance
Kianna Pittman’s story is a powerful testament to breaking barriers and pursuing one’s passion, especially in a field traditionally dominated by men. Her journey into Industrial Maintenance not only showcases her knack for fixing things and understanding how they work but also highlights her determination to carve her own path. Choosing a previously male-dominated career is a bold move, and…
Bright Sparks: Nestor Finds Mentorship and Success During His Electrical Apprenticeship
Nestor Diaz’s journey from discovering his passion for electrical engineering in middle school to pursuing an apprenticeship at ICC with Liberty Steel is an inspiring story. It’s not uncommon for individuals to find their career interests through extracurricular activities, and Nestor’s dedication to his chosen field showcases the value of hands-on experiences. His decision to discontinue his degree and take…
The use of CAM software to go from ‘design’ to ‘part’ truly is an Advanced Manufacturing model students will see in the real world.Kyle Keefauver, Program Coordinator, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
How Do I Get Into the Machine Tool Technology Program?
We are surrounded everyday by items that are made through the manufacturing process. The Machine Tool Technology will prepare you to be a key member of a production team. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Math, science, and computer classes are great preparation for a career in machine tool technology.
- Mechanical, analytical, and technical skills are helpful, along with manual dexterity and physical stamina.
What Can I Expect As a Machine Tool Technology Student?
- Learn to program CNC machines, create models for CAM software, and set-up and operate manual machines.
- Be skilled in performing the duties of an Advanced Manufacturing professional.
- Earn industry-recognized (NIMS) credentials.
- Average annual job placement rate of graduates of 90% or better.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.