State Fair Community College

Metals Technology - Machine Tool

Why study machine tool technology?

Recent studies show machinists are the technicians highest in demand by Missouri manufacturers - and excellent employment opportunities are predicted for highly skilled machinists through the year 2005 and beyond.

At SFCC, the machine tool technology program is designed to prepare students for a variety of machining-related occupations, such as machine operators, machine setters, machinists, and tool and die makers, which represent different skills and different skill levels.

Traditionally, machinists have directly controlled their machines-lathes, drill presses, and milling machines-standard implements they use every day to produce precision parts of metals, wood or plastics. However, the introductions of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines has dramatically changed the nature of the machinist's work. CNC machines are more productive and enable machinists to produce parts with greater precision.

Both short-term certificates and a two-year associate of applied science degree are available. Courses are offered during daytime and evening hours to fit your schedule.

Machine Tool Technology Professional Certificate

The Machine Tool Technology Professional Certificate gives the student machine shop skills including conventional and CNC machining processes. There is a strong emphasis on preparing the students for entry-level employment in the machine shop industry, including CNC operators and setup, manual machining, CAD/CAM and inspection.

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Machine Tool Technology Skills Certificates

  • Machinist Level II Skills Certificate^ Advanced program – Students who complete this program will gain knowledge and exposure to advanced styles of machining, including manual and CNC machining. This 13-credit-hour Skills Certificate can be completed in one semester and allows students the opportunity to gain further knowledge and increase productivity in the workplace beyond the Machinist Level I Skills Certificate. This certificate can be earned on its own or stacked with the Level I Skills Certificate.

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    • Due to grant funding, the Machinist Level I and II 2 Skills Certificates have eligibility requirements. Eligible students may receive free tuition. Visit for deadlines and to apply.
    • For more information about the Machinist Level I or II Skills Certificates, contact Justin Wright, instructor, at or (660) 596-7392.
  • Machinist Helper Skills Certificate* - The Machinist Helper Skills Certificate allows students to gain the entry-level skills needed to become a Machinist Helper. The program provides the fundamentals in mills, lathes, saws, drill press, and grinding operations needed for entry-level skills in the machine shop industry.
  • Manufacturing Technology Skills Certificate* - The Manufacturing Technology Skills Certificate allows students to gain the technical knowledge needed for entry-level skills in the manufacturing industry.

*Effective April 4, 2013, new students will not be able to enroll in this program.

View COURSE CATALOG for all program requirements.


Justin Wright
(660) 596-7392

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