CNC/Tool and Die Technologies

Program Number: 32-444-2
School Year: 2020-2021
Technical Diploma (2 year)
Campus: West Bend, Note: This program starts in Fall semester only.
This program is eligible for financial aid

The use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools is increasing throughout the manufacturing industry. Moraine Park’s CNC Tool and Die Technologies diploma prepares students for an in-demand and highly-skilled career in manufacturing with the opportunity to advance quickly.

About the Program

The CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program prepares students to build and run mold dies and stamping dies; and perform advanced milling, drilling and lathe work. Students also practice precision surface grinding, precision measurement, and heat treating.

Courses in the CNC/Tool and Dies Technologies program focus on programming and operation of CNC machine tools, including; coordinate measuring machines (CMM), vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, electrical discharge machines (EDM), tooling and work holding, as well as, three-dimensional computer-aided machining.

Upon completion of the program, students will have completed all of their related training for the State of Wisconsin Tool and Die Technologies apprenticeship program.

Skilled machinists and tool and die makers are in great demand across the manufacturing industry. Workers in this field have opportunity to move up as they gain experience and skill quickly advance their career. 

What Students Learn

Through hands-on training, students in the CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program learn entry-level CNC machine programming, blueprint reading, two and three-dimensional computer-aided machining, computer aided design (CAD), set up and operate molding and stamping presses, , and use of high precision measuring equipment.
CNC/Tool and Die Technologies students gain hands-on experience by being involved in every phase of the manufacturing process. Students work from blueprints and CAD data to program equipment and inspect machined parts to exact tolerances.

Graduates of the CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to interpret part and material specifications, set up and operate various machine tools, use CAD/CAM software, program CNC machine tools at the machine, as well as use offline computer systems relating to a job shop or tool and die environment.

Workers in this field have the opportunity to quickly advance their careers as they gain experience and skill.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information

Approximate Costs

  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

Program Outcomes

  • 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 advanced tool, die, and mold operations.
  • Operate CAD/CAM systems.

Career Opportunities

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Toolmaker
  • CNC Setup
  • CNC Machinist
  • Stamping Die Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Metrologist
  • Jig and Fixture Maker
  • CMM Operator/Programmer
  • Graduates have advancement opportunities with additional work experience or education

Admission Process

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    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Students must purchase tool kits for this program.


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    Semester 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    439-307Basic Machining3
    439-308Manual Manufacturing3
    439-3992D CAD Mold and Die Print Reading2
    444-302CNC Controls2
    444-350Basic Programming3
    804-360Occupational Mathematics 12
    890-101**College 1012
    Semester 2
    439-306Basic Machining - Turning2
    444-310Material Selection1
    444-311Tooling and Workholding2
    444-340Beginning CAM - Mastercam2
    444-342Advanced CAM 2D2
    444-346Design for 3D Machining2
    444-355CNC Machining Center Programming2
    444-365CNC Machining Center Operation2
    804-361Occupational Mathematics 22
    Semester 3
    439-324Pierce and Die Making3
    439-329Industrial Die Making3
    444-312Product Engineering - Lean Manufacturing1
    444-343Beginning CAM 3D2
    444-344Advanced CAM 3D2
    444-375Turning Center Operation2
    444-385Turning Center Programming2
    804-362Occupational Mathematics 32
    Semester 4
    439-334Single Cavity Mold Making3
    439-339Industrial Mold Making3
    444-313Product Manufacturing2
    444-386Advanced Machining Center2
    444-391Coordinate Measuring Machine3
    444-394Advanced Turning Center2
    801-310Occupational Communication2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements69