CNC Toolmaking
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CNC Toolmaking


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This area produces skilled craftspeople who make precision metal parts that are highly specialized and not mass produced. Machinists produce parts from metal castings, forgings, and stampings or from solid metal stock. They make parts to exact specifications by removing excess metal with the aid of machine tools, numerically controlled machines, computer assisted machinery and precise measuring and gauging equipment.

As the economy expands, so will the demand for manufactured goods that need machined metal parts. Manufacturing Technology and Machine Tool Technology graduates are hired by industries that manufacture automobiles, industrial machinery, military equipment and other metal products. At many places of employment, graduates can apply training received at the College towards the completion of apprenticeship requirements.

What You'll Learn
  • Knowledge and skills to make precision machined parts and tooling.
  • Knowledge and skills to program and operate CNC machinery using CAD and CAM.
  • How to operate and set-up inspection and gauging equipment.
  • Communication skills such as blueprint reading, practical geometric dimensioning and shop CAD/CAM skills.
Career Settings
  • Mold shops
  • Contract machine shops
  • Precision Machining
  • Project Management
  • Die shops
  • CAD/CAM/CNC Machining
  • Medical device
  • Research and development machine shops
  • Defense Manufacturing
  • OEM Suppliers
Potential Employers
  • Remmele Engineering
  • Honeywell
  • Kurt Manufacturing
  • Wilson Tool International
  • 3M Company
  • MoTech Corporation
  • Mate Punch & Die
  • Dynamic Engineering
  • Toro
  • Omnitool
  • JRM Machine
  • LOFTech Prototype Manufacturing
Additional Benefits
  • Learn from instructors with experience in the profession.
  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to meet national entry-level skills standards.
Articulation Agreements

Information about articulation agreements can be found on the Minnesota Transfer Web site at the following URL: