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Machine Technology Program

MCTI Machine Technology student

Program Description
MCTI’s Machine Technology Program has two separate tracks: welding or CNC machining. Entry to the Machine Technology program requires no prior training in the machining or welding field. Students interested will be required to take a 5-week pre-vocational training course in Step-Up prior to enrolling in the Machine Technology program.

Students who chose the CNC track will learn various machining operations such as manual milling, turning, and grinding. With successful completion of manual training, advancing students will begin to learn Computerized Numerical Control (CNC). CNC students learn G&M code programming using both manual and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. Time is spent learning proper machine setup and operation to produce parts using CNC milling and turning operations.

Students who choose the welding track focus on MIG and TIG welding during the Production Welding term. Students that can meet industry standards continue with fabricator training. Students manufacture projects based on customer demands and are exposed to the ARC welding process.

Job Options

  • Machine Operator
  • Production Welder
  • CNC Operator
  • Fabrication Welder

Depending on skills, ability, & interests, students can participate up to 4 terms.

Job Outlook

Job opportunities increase for trained operators and welders. Starting pay may range from the current minimum wage to a higher amount depending on the location of the job.


  • Average learning ability, spatial and form perception, motor, and fine finger dexterity
  • Demonstrated ability of mechanical reasoning, computer literacy
  • Ability to problem solve and compute dimensions
  • Ability to stand for lengthy periods of time

Students who most closely match the U.S. Department of Labor occupational profile for a Machinist are accepted for enrollment.

Please review the 2019 – 2020 Machine Technology Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.