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cnc/tool and die technologies


    Video: CNC/Tool and Die Technologies

    Program Number: 32-444-2
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Technical Diploma (2 year)
    Campus: West Bend, Note: This program starts in Fall semester only.
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    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 Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $41,466

    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

    Visit the Admissions Page for details


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    439-399 2D CAD Mold and Die Print Reading 2
    444-302 CNC Controls 2
    444-307 Basic Machining 3
    444-308 Manual Manufacturing 3
    444-350 Basic Programming 3
    804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 18
    Semester 2
    439-306 Basic Machining - Turning 2
    444-310 Material Selection 1
    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
    Total 17
    Semester 3
    439-324 Pierce and Die Making 3
    439-329 Industrial 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
    Total 17
    Semester 4
    439-334 Single Cavity Mold Making 3
    439-339 Industrial Mold Making 3
    444-313 Product Manufacturing 2
    444-386 Advanced Machining Center 2
    444-391 Coordinate Measuring Machine 3
    444-394 Advanced Turning Center 2
    801-310 Occupational Communication 2
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

    Upon successful completion of the following courses, students will earn an Introduction to CNC Operations Certificate:

    • 439-399 2D CAD Mold and Die Print Reading
    • 444-350 Basic Programming
    • 444-365 CNC Machining Center Operation
    • 804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    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.


    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.