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Machine Tool

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Advanced Manufacturing with a major in Machine Tool at Drake State prepares students for gainful employment in the area of precision machining.

The course objectives include learning safe work habits, metallurgy, precision measurement as well as the set up and operation of machine tools that cut and shape metal. Lathes, milling machines, drill presses, saws, grinders, and computer numerical control machinery are some of the equipment used in the machine tool technology curriculum.

Machine tool earnings

Machine Tool graduates may become employed as a machinist, tool and die maker, instrument maker, CNC programmer, CNC operator, process engineer, or machine tool salesperson.

According to Lightcast Economic Modeling, the median salary for a machining career is $53,019. 

Note: Salary ranges can vary widely depending on location and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Earn your machine tool certificate or degree

Machine tool accreditation

NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) accreditation is the nation’s only distinction for excellence in manufacturing¬†training as based on NIMS industry-written, industry-approved standards. Accredited programs demonstrate the ability to produce skilled, work-ready individuals that fulfill industry’s 21st Century workforce needs.


Machine Tool Department