Machining Technology at Montana Tech

Precision Machining Technology

Our academic programs in Precision Machining Technology offer you two flexible levels of training experience to prepare you for many types of employment in the precision manufacturing industry.

  • Our Machining Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) offers you a broad training experience where you’ll develop the complete skillset required for all levels of employment in this highly technical and demanding field.
  • Our Machining Technology Certificate Program (C.A.S.) prepares you for a range of entry level positions in the field by completing the required credits in just two semesters so you can enter the workforce in the shortest time possible.

Machining Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This full two-year program is the most complete training you can have so that you may enter the field at the highest level possible. You’ll have opportunities to operate a variety of machine tools and computer numerical control (CNC) machines, read and analyze engineering drawings, and use precision measuring and inspection instruments.

Among the opportunities you’ll have in this rigorous program: produce a part that meets specifications utilizing the appropriate instruments to ensure quality control; learn and apply a wide range of occupational health and safety standards; and integrate all learning experiences gained from general education courses to the practice of the precision manufacturing machine tool trade.

Graduates of the Precision Machining A.A.S. Program are employed as general machinists, CNC machinists, tool and die makers, process quality control technicians, quality control inspectors, machine assemblers, machine tool designers, CNC programmers or field service representatives.

Machining Technology
Certificate of Applied Science (C.A.S.)

In this focused two-semester program, you’ll learn the skills needed to earn the Mastercam Certification and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certificate which demonstrates to employers that you have a particular aptitude and breadth of knowledge in machining. 

The program provides you instruction in the theory and operation of mills and lathes, both manual and CNC, other tools related to the machinist trade, and associated programming.

The CAS in Machining Technology can also be combined with the CAS in Welding Technology, giving you an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Metals Fabrication.

These industry specific certifications demonstrate to employers that students have a particular aptitude and breadth of knowledge in machining.  This CAS is a 39-credit hour certificate. The structure of the program allows students to complete the required 39 credits by attending a Fall and Spring semesters, making this a program that students can expeditiously complete and enter the workforce with a valuable and legitimate college credential.  The CAS in Machining Technology will provide students the opportunity to learn the important aspects of the science and art of machining.

Career Opportunities Ahead

Graduates of the Precision Machining Program are employed as machinists, CNC machinists, tool and die makers, process quality control technicians, quality control inspectors, machine assemblers, machine tool designers, CNC programmers or field service representatives.

  • Growth in the manufacturing industry and the need to replace an aging workforce both provide opportunities for our graduates.
  • In Montana, employment of CNC machinists will continue to increase. Both state and national projected employment growth exceeds the rate of overall projected employment growth.

Where You Can Work

  • Aerospace and computer companies
  • Job shops
  • Tool and die making companies
  • CNC companies
  • Automotive repair shops
  • Mining companies

A Special Opportunity

You’ll benefit by working in our new computer automated manufacturing (CAM) lab which uses industry-leading Mastercam software to program the CNC equipment.

Why Pursue a Machining Technology Degree or Certificate at Montana Tech?

  • Talented instructors provide personal instruction with industry-leading tools and equipment in skills-relevant facilities.
  • Two paths to a profession – a two-semester immediate program and a two-year complete program for a more advanced entry.
  • You’ll develop outstanding problem-solving skills to better prepare you for a high-demand field.
  • Learn conventional and computer numerical control equipment, precision measuring tools, advanced machining operations performed on CNC machines; Produce advanced programs using Mastercam.
  • Affordable tuition for a focused range of courses is a smart investment.

Thomas Jungst, machining technology instructorThomas Jungst

Precision Machining Technology Instructor

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Tony Patrick, machining technology instructorTony Patrick

Precision Machining Technology Instructor

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