Machine Tool Technology
Associate in Applied Science
This two-year degree will prepare you to work in the manufacturing industry as a tool and die maker. Start working as an entry-level production team member in a manufacturing, construction, agricultural, or fabrication business.
The Machine Tool Technology program qualifies as a U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship with some local employers.
Learn alongside students who have similar interests and career goals.
Precision Machinist, Manufacturing Production Technician, Die Maker, Mold Maker, Tool Maker, Pattern Maker, Machine Tool Setter, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
if Full Time
61 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
CTE Programs Lead River to Prestigious Scholarship Opportunity
The Career and Technical programs at ICC establish an outstanding foundation for students to transition directly into high-demand, high-wage jobs after graduation. The Machine Tool Technology and CNC Machine Operator programs, however, made graduating student River take a more precise look at his future. Students in these two skilled trades programs quickly gain employment as precision machinists, lathe operators, or…
ICC Class of 2021 (Welding Technology, Diesel Power Equipment Technology) Marine Machinery Mechanic at Army Corps of Engineers Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. I was an intern with the Corps, as a freshman DPET student, they welcomed me very professionally, tested my abilities, and found my skills acquired at college to exceed…
Jay, and others, graduate from ICC’s first Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Cohort
ICC recently graduated its first cohort of students through the Industrial Maintenance apprenticeship program. Among the proud graduates was Jay, a single father of three striving to better himself and his family. Jay now works for Caterpillar in Morton as an industrial maintenance technician. “I have come a long way in my time at ICC and am excited to continue…
ICC National Apprenticeship Week Feature: James
James, a sophomore, is in his final semester of his Associate in Applied Science degree and is part of the ICC Industrial Maintenance apprenticeship program. As an apprentice, he’s received 300 to 450 hours of coursework each year of his apprenticeship, along with a guaranteed minimum hourly payment and coverage of the cost of tuition, fees and books. He’ll leave…
The use of CAM software to go from ‘design’ to ‘part’ truly is an Advanced Manufacturing model students will see in the real world.Kyle Keefauver, Professor, Machine Tool Technology
How Do I Get Into the Machine Tool Technology Program?
We are surrounded everyday by items that are made through the manufacturing process. The Machine Tool Technology will prepare you to be a key member of a production team. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Math, science, and computer classes are great preparation for a career in machine tool technology.
- Mechanical, analytical, and technical skills are helpful, along with manual dexterity and physical stamina.
What Can I Expect As a Machine Tool Technology Student?
- Learn to program CNC machines, create models for CAM software, and set-up and operate manual machines.
- Be skilled in performing the duties of an Advanced Manufacturing professional.
- Earn industry-recognized (NIMS) credentials.
- Average annual job placement rate of graduates of 90% or better.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.