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Did you know that Machinists are predicted to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade? The Machine Tool Technology program at MGTC prepares students for employment in the machine tool field such as tool making, aircraft fabrication, automobile and motorcycle design, fabrications, and customizing.

Training in the Machine Tool Technology program goes beyond the classroom. Students put their skills to work in MGTC’s state-of-the-art training facility. The environment is clean and climate controlled to ensure dimensional accuracy to the 4th decimal place! Students learn manual lathe, mill and grinder set-up and operation. As the course progresses, students use CAD/CAM Design systems to cut, shape, and fabricate metals, plastics, and other materials. Day, evening, and some online courses are available!

Job Outlook:

Close to 1,000 new machinist jobs will be available in Georgia over the next decade! Career opportunities are available in: Government agencies, machine shops, aircraft manufacturing, automotive custom design shops, and manufacturing firms. Entry level salaries in the Middle Georgia area range from $25,000 - $28,000.

Diploma Programs

Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the machine tool technology field. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of machine tool theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Machine Tool Technology Degree/Diploma and have the qualification of a machine tool technician.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
Basic Skills Core
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
Occupational Courses
MCHT 1011        Introduction to Machine Tool 4
MCHT 1012 Blueprint for Machine Tool 3
MCHT 1015 Surface Grinder Operations 2
MCHT 1017 Characteristics of Metals/Heat Treatment I 3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
Choose One of the Following
MCHT 1013 Machine Tool Math 3
MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry 3
MCHT 1119 Lathe Operations I 4
MCHT 1120 Mill Operations I 4
AMCA 2110 CNC Fundamentals 3
MCHT 1219 Lathe Operations II 4
MCHT 1220 Mill Operations II 4
OCCUPATIONAL ELECTIVE 3
Total Hours required for Graduation 48

 

Technical Certificates of Credit

Basic Machining Operator

The Basic Machining Operator certificate prepares students for entry level machine shop employment by providing the knowledge and skills in basic machining operations. Instruction is provided in blueprint reading, lathe, mill, and surface grinder operation, mathematical functions, and an introduction to the machine tool industry.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
MCHT 1011 Introduction to Machine Tool 4
MCHT 1012  Blueprint for Machine Tool 3
MCHT 1013  Machine Tool Math 3
MCHT 1020  Heat Treatment and Surface Grinding 3
MCHT 1119  Lathe Operations I
MCHT 1120  Mill Operations I
Total Hours required for Graduation 19
Basic Machinist

The Basic Machinist certificate program prepares students for a machine tool operator position with a machine shop or machine tool establishment. Topics include foundations of mathematics, an introduction to machine tool technology, and blueprint reading for machine tool applications.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1012  Foundations of Mathematics 3
MCHT 1011 Introduction to Machine Tool 4
MCHT 1012  Blueprint for Machine Tool 3
Total Hours required for Graduation 10
CNC Specialist

The CNC Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit program provides training for graduates to gain employment as CNC machine tool technicians. Topics include CNC Fundamentals, mill and lathe manual programming, CNC practical applications, and CAD/CAM programming. The program emphasizes a combination of CNC theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
AMCA 2110 CNC Fundamentals 3
AMCA 2130 CNC Mill Manual Programming 5
AMCA 2150 CNC Lathe Manual Programming 5
AMCA 2170 CNC Practical Application 3
AMCA 2190 CAD/CAM Programming 4
Total Hours required for Graduation 20
Lathe Operator

The Lathe Operator certificate program prepares students to use lathes, lathe set up, and lathe tool grinding. Emphasis is placed on cutting threads, boring holes to precise measurements, and cutting tapers. Topics include an introduction to machine tool technology, blueprint reading for machine tool, and basic and advanced lathe operations.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
MCHT 1011 Introduction to Machine Tool 4
MCHT 1012  Blueprint for Machine Tool 3
MCHT 1119 Lathe Operations I
MCHT 1219 Lathe Operations II 3
Total Hours required for Graduation 13
Mill Operator

The Mill Operator certificate program teaches students to effectively operate milling machinery. Students become proficient in blueprint reading, general mathematical operations, and are provided the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain employment as a milling machinist.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
MCHT 1011 Introduction to Machine Tool 4
MCHT 1012  Blueprint for Machine Tool 3
MCHT 1120 Mill Operations I
MCHT 1220 Mill Operations II 3
Total Hours required for Graduation 13

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Gainful Employment

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Degree Types

At MGTC we offer three different levels of credit programs:

Associate Degree
Middle Georgia Technical College offers associate level degrees. They usually take 2 years to complete. AAS programs include general education (core) courses that may transfer to University System of Georgia institutions and other 4-year colleges in our state.
Diploma
Middle Georgia Technical College's Diploma Level programs usually take between 1 and 1.5 years to complete and include basic courses, as well as specific technical or occupational courses to prepare students for the workforce.
Certificate
Technical Certificates of Credit (TCCs) usually take about 1-2 semesters to complete and generally focus on very specialized knowledge. These programs teach students specific skills that they can apply in the workforce.