If you like hands-on work, this is the degree for you!
In the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program, you will learn the fundamentals of metals, machines, and machine tools. You will be instructed in the proper operation of machining equipment including the lathe, milling machine, bandsaw, grinder, drill press, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) turning, CNC Milling, CNC Wire Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM), Sinker Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM), and Computer Aided Machining (CAD, CAM, CNC) programming. Your classroom instruction will be concentrated on blueprint reading, abrasives, layout work, and the manufacturing process.
What are my career choices?
Machine tool technicians make things happen. Employment opportunities are steadily increasing; almost every product manufactured requires the skills of a highly trained machine tool technician. You will find opportunities for employment in manufacturing plants, private machine shops and through self-employment.
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University (WKU) has a completer degree with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Workforce Administration, BS degree
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Engineering Technology Management, BS degree
- Exploratory Machining I Certificate (PDF)
- Machine Tool Operator I Certificate (PDF)
- Machine Tool Operator II Certificate (PDF)
Where do I start?
Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or other exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog (PDF, 408 pages). You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.