Machine Tool Operations

Machine Tool Operations

Program Description

This program combines academic courses, technical courses, and work-based learning to prepare students to work in manufacturing in positions such as: Grinder Operator & Setup, NC Single Spindle Operator & Setup; and Heat Treat Rotary Hearth Operator & Setup.

Certificates and Degrees​

Machine Tool Operations Certificate

Nature of Work

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers, to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications. Some machinists, often called production machinists, may produce large quantities of one part, especially parts requiring the use of complex operations and great precision. Many modern machine tools are computer numerically controlled (CNC).(U.S. Department of Labor 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook). This program is part of the Manufacturing Career Cluster.



Machine Tool Operations Certificate: 19 Credit Hours
Required Courses Credit Hrs.
CSC101 Introduction to Computers 3
MTO100 Machine Tool Operations I 3
MTO102 Machine Tool Operations II 3
MTO104 Machine Tool Operations III 3
MTO106 Machine Tool Operations IV 3
MTO108 Machine Tool Coop Experience 4



This program is offered to students at Canton High School through a partnership with CHS.


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