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Put yourself on the fast track to a career in Machine Tool Technology.
Manufacturing operations of all sizes need skilled machinists to keep their production lines running smoothly. When you study Machine Tool Technology, you’ll explore what it takes to play a vital role in this field. Through hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs, you’ll take away an advanced skillset that allows you to troubleshoot, strategize, and work with high-tech equipment in machine shops and manufacturing industries as diverse as your interests.
This two-year program has top-quality training and long-standing support from local employers thanks in part to our accomplished graduates who have won top state and national awards.
Through a combination of classroom study and assigned lab activities, students acquire essential background information, develop trade skills, and become familiar with production methods and standards common to the industry. Within the lab setting, emphasis is on the practical application of skills. Students will learn to operate a variety of conventional machine tools and computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret industrial drawings/blueprints, and use precision measuring and inspection instruments.
- Shop safety and safe machine operation
- Training on manual and CNC mills
- Training on manual and CNC lathes
- Advanced interpretation of machine shop drawings and prints
- Instruction on writing and debugging programs for CNC mills and lathes
- Training on setups, fixturing, tool selection and offset calculations on CNC mills and lathes
Skills & Techniques:
After completion of this program, students will have comprehensive knowledge of the following:
- Manual mill setup and operation
- Manual lathe setup and operation
- CNC mill programming, setup and operation
- CNC lathe programming, setup and operation
- Write CNC machine tool programs
- Use and application of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) methods
- Metallurgy for machining
- Heat treating
- Related Machine Tool math
If you like troubleshooting, strategy, and working with high-tech equipment, College of Western Idaho (CWI) can offer you a start to an exceptional career as a machinist. This two-year program has top-quality training and long-standing support from local employers thanks in part to our accomplished graduates who have won top national and international awards. At CWI, you will learn basic skills and quickly advance into areas such as interpretation of drawings, proper measurement, design adaptation, computer numerical programming, and much more.
Why This Program
Over the years, this trade has been consistent in offering employment opportunities to employees trained with basic machining skills and a desire to work in an industrial environment. The skills taught in the Machine Tool program offer opportunities in a diverse field of specialized occupations such as; Machine Operator, Tool and Die work, Automotive Machinist, Field Work, Machine Maintenance Mechanic, CNC Programmer, Quality Control and others.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Set up and operate manual machines including engine lathes, milling
- Program, set up, and operate computer-numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines and lathes
- Operate precision measurement and test equipment used by metals-manufacturing industries
- Properly heat-treat various metals
- Understand and identify the many different materials, processes, and techniques used by the machining industry
- Utilize Virtual GIBBS programming software and SolidWorks modeling software
There are also extra-curricular activities that students can participate in such as SkillsUSA and the Machinists Club. These organizations provide opportunities for the student to enhance their educational experience while interacting with other classmates.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Machine Tool Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree
Machine Tool Technology - Advanced Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology - Intermediate Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology - Basic Technical Certificate
Machine Tool Technology - Basic Technical Certificate 1
Machine Tool Technology - Basic Technical Certificate 2
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 8||n/a||April 11|
|Open Registration Begins||November 15||February 28||April 18|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 18||May 14||July 30|
|Admission Deadline2||January 8||May 28||August 13|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin3||January 18||June 6||August 22|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Sound math and spatial skills
- Solid reading skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Manual dexterity
- Solid reading skills
- Ability to evaluate and make decisions
- Ability to attend class seven hours per day
- Enjoyment of working with others
- Ability to work to precise specifications
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Machinists are highly skilled operators of machine tools that fabricate parts from a wide variety of materials. Working from blueprints, sketches, or their own designs, these technicians produce precision parts with extremely close tolerances.
To view more pictures and information about CWI's Machine Tool Technology program see the HAAS Technical Education website.
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