Programs of Study

Machine Tool Technology


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The Machine Tool Technology program is a study of the process of using machine tools to manufacture useful products and parts. Concentrations from which students may choose are Manual Machining, Precision Inspection, CNC Turning, CNC Milling, CNC CAM and CNC EDM. Students will acquire specialized knowledge and skills in many areas including mathematics, print reading, physics, measuring instruments, cutting tools, and machine tools.  Graduates will have the ability to turn rough material into precision finished products and parts.
The demand for machine tool technicians and operators historically has been great. There are over 200 machine shops in north Alabama alone, and the need for entry level technicians and operators in the service area is greater than the current supply of qualified individuals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Machine Tool Technology seventh in the top 10 occupational areas on the basis of net life earnings. The typical base salary for a Machine Tool Technician is $23,000 - $41,600. Base salary does not include overtime or benefits.

See the program card that includes the curriculum for this program.

For more information contact:


Steve Smith at 256-306-2649; sks@calhoun.edu

Machine Tool Technology Instructor
Calhoun Community College
P.O. Box 2216
Decatur, AL 35609-2216



Machine Tool students working on a project.

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Career Opportunities in the Field

The demand for machine tool technicians and operators historically has been great. There are over 200 machine shops in the North Alabama area. The need for entry level technicians and operators in our service area is greater than the current supply of qualified individuals.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks machine tool technology seventh in the top ten occupational areas on the basis of net life earnings. At present, graduates in Machine Tool Technology can enter the machining field with earnings of $20,000 a year and progress based on performance.

A few examples of area businesses employing students from the program include:  Summa Technologies, Wolverine Tube, TVA,  Turner Machine INC., ROW Manufacturing, Midway Machine, Wright -K Technologies, Pettey Machine Works, Tyco Flow Control, Jerry's Machine, Full Spectrum Design, Accurate Machine Tool, IMS INC., Skinner Machine & Welding, NASA.