CNC/Tool and Die Technologies
Moraine Park’s CNC/Tool and Die Technologies students operate machine tools (lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses), 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) and vertical and horizontal machining centers, as well as turning centers, the 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 Salary Range for Recent Graduates
- $122.20 per credit (resident)
- $183.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- 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.
- CNC Operator
- CNC Programmer
- CNC Toolmaker
- CNC Setup
- CNC Machinist
- Stamping Die Maker
- Mold Maker
- Jig and Fixture Maker
- CMM Operator/Programmer
- Graduates have advancement opportunities with additional work experience or education
- 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.
- Meet with Admissions to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
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.
|Placement rates in related field||100% (based on 9 responses)|
|On-time completion rate||33%|
|Median student loan debt||$0|
|Department of Labor National Job Classifications||
51-2041.00 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
51-4011.00 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators-Metal and Plastic
51-4033.00 Grinding Lapping Polishing and Buffing Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders-Metal and Plastic
51-4191.00 Heat Treating Equipment Setters Operators and Tenders-Metal and Plastic
51-4192.00 Lay-Out Workers-Metal and Plastic
|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 & Die Print Reading||2|
|444-333||Basics of Metrology||1|
|804-360||Occupational Mathematics 1||2|
|439-306||Basic Machining - Turning||2|
|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|
|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|
|439-334||Single Cavity Mold Making||3|
|439-339||Multi Cavity Mold Making||3|
|444-386||Advanced Machining Center||2|
|444-391||Coordinate Measuring Machine||3|
|444-394||Advanced Turning Center||2|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||69|
Capstone projects are the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.
** 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.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
Students must purchase tool kits for this program.