Machine Tool Technology

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tool List

Gainful Employment

The Program

Machinists are an integral part of the manufacturing process, and with an Associate’s of Applied Sciences in Machine Tool Technology from Salina Tech, you can keep it that way.

The technology of machining has changed significantly over the past decade, and as a result, professionals throughout the industry must be able to operate a wide range of highly advanced equipment. Utilizing lasers, water jets, and electrified wires to cut and mold different types of metals, plastics and woods, these new machines are often used to produce highly customized components. Machinists plan and carry out the operations needed to make such products by following specifications laid out by drafters, architects and engineers.

From metallurgy and milling, to CNC operations and quality control, Salina Tech’s Machine Tool Technology Program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the rapidly advancing machine tool industry. Students who graduate have the opportunity to pursue rewarding careers as operators, technicians, quality control professionals and managers, and with a duration of just nine short months, there are few ways to better invest your time.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

1. Operate machine tool equipment commonly fund in industry including manual and computer controlled lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and cutting machines.
2.  Manufacture parts from various materials in accordance with specifications from blueprints, electronic drawings, and shop sketches. 
3.  Solve quality problems using process planning, technical knowledge, teamwork, mathematics, and critical thinking.
4.  Apply safety principles in a work environment to minimize hazards and prevent losses to productivity.
5. Demonstrate employability skills needed to obtain and retain employment in machine tool and related fields.


Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

9 Months


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Expected Starting Salary

$28,000 - $35,000

Career Opportunities

Machine Operator


Tool & Die Maker

Tool Room Technician

Quality Control Professional

CNC Operator

Assembly Professional

CNC Programmer

Manufacturing Manager

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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