A career as a machine tool technician is cut-out for students who enjoy using their hands to make something work. Our graduates apply their knowledge and skill to plan, manufacture, assemble, test and repair parts as well as mechanisms and machines. If you have strong math skills and like a challenge, this career is for you!
In this program, you will learn to read technical information on blueprints along with sketching, angles, tapers, gearing and precision measuring. Instruction also includes hands-on training in the operation of machine tools, such as the engine lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, drill press, computerized numerical control milling machine and computerized numerical control lathe. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while high school and part-time students can finish in four semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and a NIMS certificate. You also may be eligible to complete an associate or more advanced degree at Washburn University.
The U.S. Department of Labor expects jobs to open in this field as baby boomers retire. Job candidates who can operate multiple machines have the best opportunities for employment and advancement. In 2015, the average entry-level salary for a machinist was $16.13 an hour or $33,542 annually, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The average salary was $21.93 an hour or $45,617 annually.
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This program begins every August.Daytime Options: