Students interested in a career working with machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinders, and computerized machinery should consider a program in Machine Technology. Most programs are offered at the associate's or certificate level although 4 year programs in engineering technology are also available.
Schools with Machine Technician Programs
The following schools offer Machine Technician Programs. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Levels||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Texas Tech University||Lubbock, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$8,028 (In-state) $17,388 (Out-of-state)|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Certificate||$4,217 (In-state) $6,143 (Out-of-state)|
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, ID||4-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$6,784 (In-state) $20,182 (Out-of-state)|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$14,286 (In-state) $30,250 (Out-of-state)|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$15,810 (In-state) $22,470 (Out-of-state)|
|Colorado Mesa University||Grand Junction, CO||4-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$7,474 (In-state) $18,072 (Out-of-state)|
|Western Nevada College||Carson City, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$2,805 (In-state) $9,450 (Out-of-state)|
|Brazosport College||Lake Jackson, TX||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,405 (In-state) $5,025 (Out-of-state)|
|West Virginia University at Parkersburg||Parkersburg, WV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,216 (In-state) $11,559 (Out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
All machine technician educational programs include basic training in setting up and operating machine tools. The following considerations are important when choosing a school:
- Find a program where much of the time is spent in a machine shop producing actual parts and learning the machines.
- Students may want to investigate the cost of tools required for the program under consideration and factor that in when deciding on a school.
- Finding the program that includes or targets a student's desired specialization is an important criteria for narrowing down the list of possibilities.
Education and Career Information
Graduates from a machine technician school program can work in places such as machine shops, manufacturing shops of metalworking machinery, manufacturing shops of automotive parts and plastic manufacturing shops. Some common certificates and degrees that lead to jobs in this industry are:
- Technical certificate machine tool operator
- Advanced technical certificate machine tool technology
- Machinist general certificate
- Machine tooling techniques diploma
- Machine tool operations certificate
- Computerized machining technology certificate
- Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technology
- Bachelor's degree in engineering technology
Programs in Machine Technology can be found at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Much of the schooling in this area will take place in a machine shop learning the machinery and producing parts.