CNC/Tool and Die Technologies

CNC/Tool and Die Technologies video

Program Number: 32-444-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (2 year)
Campus*: West Bend

Program Description

The use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools is increasing in all sectors of the manufacturing industry. Students in Moraine Park’s CNC/Tool and Die Technologies operate machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and learn to read blueprints, perform entry-level CNC programming, operate two-dimensional computer-aided machining, set up and operate molding press, set up and operate punch press, and use measuring equipment. Students prepare for a lean and green manufacturing environment.

The program focuses on programming and operation of coordinate measuring machine (CMM), vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, an electrical discharge machine (EDM), tooling and workholding, and three-dimensional computer-aided machining. Students build and run mold and stamping dies, perform advanced milling, drilling and lathe work, precision surface grinding, and heat treating.

Graduates can program online (at the machine) or offline using a computer and a CAD/CAM system in a job-shop or a tool and die environment. Graduates analyze specs, lay out metal stock, construct and design dies and molds, and set up various machine tools. Graduates may earn credit toward an apprenticeship.

Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all manufacturing classes. These skills include work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $39,126

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop.
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings.
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection.
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation.
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools.
  • Perform operations to build tools, dies and molds.
  • Operate CAD/CAM systems.

Career Opportunities

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Toolmaker
  • CNC Setup
  • CNC Machinist
  • Stamping Die Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Metrologist
  • Jig and Fixture Maker
  • CMM Operator/Programmer
  • Graduates have advancement opportunities with additional work experience or education

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
439-301 Introduction to Basic Machining 1
439-303 Basic Machining - Milling 2
439-305 Basic Machining - Drilling and Grinding 2
439-399 2D AutoCAD Mold and Die Print Reading 2
444-302 CNC Controls 2
444-333 Basics of Metrology 1
444-350 Basic Programming 3
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 18
Term 2
439-306 Basic Machining - Turning 2
444-310 Material Selection 1
444-311 Tooling and Workholding 2
444-340 Beginning CAM - Mastercam 2
444-342 Advanced CAM 2D 2
444-346 Design for 3D Machining 2
444-355 CNC Machining Center Programming 2
444-365 CNC Machining Center Operation 2
804-361 Occupational Mathematics 2 2
Total 17
Term 3
439-324 Pierce and Die Making 3
439-329 Compound Die Making 3
444-312 Product Engineering - Lean Manufacturing 1
444-343 Beginning CAM 3D 2
444-344 Advanced CAM 3D 2
444-375 Turning Center Operation 2
444-385 Turning Center Programming 2
804-362 Occupational Mathematics 3 2
Total 17
Term 4
439-334 Single Cavity Mold Making 3
439-339 Multi Cavity Mold Making 3
444-313 Product Manufacturing 2
444-386 Advanced Machining Center 2
444-391 Coordinate Measuring Machine 3
444-394 Advanced Turning Center 2
801-310 Occupational Communication 2
Total 17
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

Exit Assessment

Capstone projects are the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Students must purchase tool kits for this program.


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