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Louisiana Technical College

Machine Tool Technology

CIP 480501
Technical Diploma (TD), Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS),
Technical Competency Area (TCA) 

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Description | Employment Opportunities | Cost

Mission and Program Description:

The Machine Tool Technology program prepares individuals to shape metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, and milling machines. Computer numerical controlled machines are also introduced. The program includes making computations for dimensions and cutting feeds and speeds, using precision measuring instruments, laying out parts, and heat treatment of metals.

The instructor has the option of adding other specialty studies such as Numerical Control (NC), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), etc., in order to meet local industry needs.

Length of Program:

58 Semester Credit Hours

Education Requirements:

Ability to Benefit 

Placement Exam Scores: Spring 2008 Program Placement Score Chart (PDF)
TD Program (Fall 07)

COMPASS Scores: Read 70; Math 41; Engl./Writ. 33
ACT Scores: Read 15; Math  17; Engl./Writ.  14

Approximate Total Cost of Books and Supplies:

Contact the Student Affairs Office of the campus of your choice

The objectives of the Machine Tool Technology program are to provide knowledge and skills training to students to enable them to:

  • Identify and practice all of the safety rules that pertain to a machine shop.
  • Use layout tools for both precision and semi-precision layout.
  • Identify and use hand tools.
  • Identify different metals and select grinding wheels, sharpen cutting tools and drill bits.
  • Cut stock with power and hand hacksaws.
  • Cut internal and external threads by hand.
  • Identify types of drill presses, parts, and controls.
  • Calculate and adjust for feeds and speeds, drill and bore holes in various shapes and types of material including countersinking, counterboring, and spotfacing holes.
  • Identify types of lathes, their parts and controls, calculate speeds and feeds, sharpen cutting tools, identify work holding devices, file and polish in the lathe, turn tapers, and cut various thread in the lathe.
  • Identify various milling machines, their parts and controls; calculate cutting speeds and feeds; identify cutting tools; and work holding devices.
  • Cut keyways, perform gang-milling operations, and perform indexing operations.
  • Identify types of precision grinders, their parts and controls; identify and select grinding wheels; and perform dressing operations.
  • Describe the history and early uses of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), identify and use G and M codes, identify and use canned cycles and write sample programs.





An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.

Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.

The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.