CNC/Tool and Die Technologies
The use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools is increasing in all sectors of the manufacturing industry. Students in Moraine Park’s CNC/Tool and Die Technologies operate machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and learn to read blueprints, perform entry-level CNC programming, operate two-dimensional computer-aided machining, set up and operate molding press, set up and operate punch press, and use measuring equipment. Students prepare for a lean and green manufacturing environment.
The program focuses on programming and operation of coordinate measuring machine (CMM), vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, an electrical discharge machine (EDM), tooling and workholding, and three-dimensional computer-aided machining. Students build and run mold and stamping dies, perform advanced milling, drilling and lathe work, precision surface grinding, and heat treating.
Graduates can program online (at the machine) or offline using a computer and a CAD/CAM system in a job-shop or a tool and die environment. Graduates analyze specs, lay out metal stock, construct and design dies and molds, and set up various machine tools. Graduates may earn credit toward an apprenticeship.
Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all manufacturing classes. These skills include work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.
Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates
- $125.85 per credit (resident)
- $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop.
- Interpret industrial/engineering drawings.
- Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection.
- Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation.
- Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools.
- Perform operations to build tools, dies and molds.
- Operate CAD/CAM systems.
- CNC Operator
- CNC Programmer
- CNC Toolmaker
- CNC Setup
- CNC Machinist
- Stamping Die Maker
- Mold Maker
- Jig and Fixture Maker
- CMM Operator/Programmer
- Graduates have advancement opportunities with additional work experience or education
- Submit the college admission application.
- Submit the $30 one-time fee.
- Submit high school and other official college transcripts.
- Take the college assessment test. Students in our manufacturing and engineering programs take the METTE test. This test is taken at MPTC.
- Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.
|103-159||**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office||1|
|439-301||Introduction to Basic Machining||1|
|439-303||Basic Machining - Milling||2|
|439-305||Basic Machining - Drilling and Grinding||2|
|439-399||2D AutoCAD Mold and Die Print Reading||2|
|444-333||Basics of Metrology||1|
|804-360||Occupational Mathematics 1||2|
|439-306||Basic Machining - Turning||2|
|444-311||Tooling and Workholding||2|
|444-340||Beginning CAM - Mastercam||2|
|444-342||Advanced CAM 2D||2|
|444-346||Design for 3D Machining||2|
|444-355||CNC Machining Center Programming||2|
|444-365||CNC Machining Center Operation||2|
|804-361||Occupational Mathematics 2||2|
|439-324||Pierce and Die Making||3|
|439-329||Compound Die Making||3|
|444-312||Product Engineering - Lean Manufacturing||1|
|444-343||Beginning CAM 3D||2|
|444-344||Advanced CAM 3D||2|
|444-375||Turning Center Operation||2|
|444-385||Turning Center Programming||2|
|804-362||Occupational Mathematics 3||2|
|439-334||Single Cavity Mold Making||3|
|439-339||Multi Cavity Mold Making||3|
|444-386||Advanced Machining Center||2|
|444-391||Coordinate Measuring Machine||3|
|444-394||Advanced Turning Center||2|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||69|
Capstone projects are the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.
** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
Students must purchase tool kits for this program.