MAchine Tool Student

Machine Tool Operation

34-credit Technical Diploma

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In the Machine Tool Operation program, gain hands-on practice and develop skills for the safe, efficient operation of the engine lathe, vertical milling machine and surface grinder. The program stresses the importance of proper machine shop practices including the selection and application of hand tools, the use of precision measuring instruments and layout procedures. Learn to operate computer numerical control (CNC) machines, interpret engineering drawings and use applied mathematics.

  • Prepare for jobs such as CNC operator, tool room machinist or machine tool operator.
  • The curriculum for the 34-credit Machine Tool Operation program is the first year of studies in the more comprehensive 66-credit Tool and Die program. Students who complete the Machine Tool Operation programs will require just one additional year of studies to earn the additional credits needed for the Tool and Die program.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $30,738

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Program Code 31-420-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-320 Machine Tool Operation 14  
 420-321 Machine Tool Operation 24  
 420-386 CNC Machining Center2  
 420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I2+*
 420-316 CNC Machining Center Operation2 *
 420-126 Machine Tool Theory1 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-323 Machine Tool Operation III4  
 420-324 Machine Tool Operation IV4  
 420-387 CNC Turning Center2  
 420-128 Fixturing for Machining1 *
 439-181 SolidWorks for Tool Design 12 *
 420-317 CNC Turning Center Operation2 *
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Michael Biro

Michael Biro

Phone: 262.691.5422


  • BS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • MS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout


  • Journeyman Model Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited
  • Journeyman Tool & Die Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning activities integrated with progressively higher degrees of required problem solving provide the student with the most meaningful type of learning experience."

Program instructor, Peter M. Chirafisi

Peter M. Chirafisi

Phone: 262.691.5365


  • AAS – Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Journeyworker – Tool and Die


  • Certified Solid Works Instructor

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to not only teach the student to be successful in school but to be successful in industry and to pass knowledge on to new apprentices."

Program instructor, William Hayes

William Hayes

Phone: 262.691.5452


  • WCTC, Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program


  • Journeyworker