Machine Tool Technology

Machine Tool Technology

Do you enjoy working with your hands AND your mind? Are you looking for gratifying work and portable skills? Check out either a certificate or degree in Machine Tool Technology. The program is designed to emphasize the concepts of manually operated and computer-driven metal cutting machinery. Instruction will include cutting principles, programming techniques, computer controls, and computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool operations. In addition, the interfacing of automated equipment with computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems will be addressed.

Did you know? Did you know that skilled trades is in desperate need of talent? Many businesses are looking to fill job voids now and in the future because of an aging and retiring workforce! Over 25% of people in the Machine Tool industry now are over 55 years old and want to pass along their knowledge to help keep this trade vibrant!   


This program is offered on the Auburn Hills campus.

Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements - there is an open admissions policy and placement tests and new student orientation are required in most cases. Students should meet with a counselor before attempting this plan of study.


There’s a growing call for supporting domestic manufacturing and if you have an interest in the business of science and engineering, you might be the one to answer it. Closely related to similar fields in engineering, this major is intended to prepare individuals for practical careers in the research, development, and actual fabrication of materials, equipment, and other new products. The technologist will often assist a supervising engineer in product design and may act as a go-between with a manufacturer during production. The major may also touch upon elements of industrial organization and planning and productivity improvement.

In the Metro Detroit area, manufacturing companies are in desperate need of skilled workers. Many of these companies are paying very competitive wages and are offering fantastic benefits packages.

The market for these jobs are steadily on the rise in Metro Detroit as many of the workforce is within 5 years of retirement and companies are looking to fill these vacancies now. *


  • CNC Programmer $65,000
  • Jig and Fixture Builder $69,000
  • Machinist $53,000
  • Machine Repairman $53,000
  • General Maintenance $54,000
  • Millwright $48,000
  • Tool & Die Maker $53,000


  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Moldmaker
  • Diemaker
  • Millwright
  • Machine Service/Repair
  • Production Planner
  • Factory supervisor
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Engineering technologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Industrial consultant
  • Industrial designer


A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation. There are two program options:

  • Four semester, 36 credit Machine Tool Technology certificate and
  • Five semester, 64 credit Machine Tool Technology degree.



Course Flow

This is the typical course flow through the core MTT program without supportive courses. 


Beau Everitt

Advisory committees play an integral role in the occupational programs at OCC.  As our connection to industry and other education partners, advisory committee members offer guidance on the program’s curriculum to ensure we are offering programming that aligns with industry needs.  Advisory committee members also offer recommendations on equipment to purchase that ensures students are receiving training on equipment that mirrors what they will see in industry.  The Machine Tool Technology program is appreciative of its partners.

Advisory Committee Members

Dart Container
Enmark Tool
FEV, Inc. North American Technical Center
IQ Manufacturing
Knight Global
Oakland Schools OSTC-NE
P&G Technologies, Inc.
United CNC Machining