Machine Tool Technology


The Machine Tool Technology program is designed to provide the student with the ability to work as a machine tool operator, machinist, tool and die maker, industrial maintenance machinist and related occupations. 

At the completion of the diploma in Machine Tool Technology, graduates will be able to set-up and operate manual machining equipment such as, band saws, drill presses, lathes, milling machines, surface grinders, and tool and cutter grinders. Students will learn to write programs and choose tooling sufficient to complete the machining process for CNC machine tools such as vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, electrical discharge machines and 3D Printing operations. Students will be able to interpret part prints and use computer aided drafting, computer aided manufacturing, and solid modeling software. Students will be proficient in related math operations and will be trained in safe operating practices compliant with OSHA and related safety regulatory agencies.

Class Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 2:30 PM


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,760.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,288.82

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Production Machine Tender432Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machinist I1728Diploma

The Machine Tool Technology program at TCAT-Dickson is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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Campus Locations

Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
Clarksville Campus
135 International Blvd
Clarksville, TN 37040


NIMS certifications


Robert Collins
Kim McPherson

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