Machine Tool Technology

Machine Tool Technology

Welcome to the world of advanced manufacturing. Here, innovation reigns, and exciting, well-paying opportunities abound. 

Machinists and tool and die makers keep production lines running smoothly. It’s the perfect fit if you like to get your hands dirty while using some serious technological know-how to manage and program sophisticated machines. 

Steady Demand & Strong Pay 

It’s the perfect time to enter this evolving field. Thousands of good-paying jobs are opening up each year through 2031 as many machinists and tool and die makers retire. Explore local jobs.

Job Market Outlook

Career Paths: Succeed With Far-Ranging Skills 

As a Machine Tool Technology student, you learn: 

  • Cutting principles 
  • Programming techniques 
  • Computer controls 
  • CNC (computer numerical control) machine tool operations  
  • CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) systems 

These portable skills prepare you for success in key manufacturing roles, including machinist and tool and die maker. You may also pursue these career paths: 

With additional education, on-the-job training, and work experience, you may be promoted to these positions: 

Earn Good-Paying & Meaningful Credentials 

Newly-minted high school grads, professionals looking for a career change — our program welcomes everyone. We’re here to help you pursue a successful career in machine tool technology. 

Associate Degree 

Choose the degree option if you want to learn everything you can about machine tool technology while also preparing for higher pay and stronger career advancement opportunities. 

You complete 64 credit hours of major requirements, general education courses, electives, and other supporting courses. If you attend on a full-time basis, you can complete the degree in five semesters. 

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You graduate with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, fully prepared to: 

  • Begin work in entry-level machinist, tool and die maker, or CNC operator and programmer roles 
  • Transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree
Earn your bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology & Management from Ferris State University. Through our transfer partnership, Ferris offers classes online and at our Auburn Hills campus. You complete the degree in four years by taking three years of OCC courses and one year of Ferris courses. The total cost for the degree is around $20,000. Future promotions to management may require a bachelor’s degree. 
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You complete 36 credit hours of major requirements, supporting courses, and one math course. If you attend on a full-time basis, you can complete the certificate in four semesters. 

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A Program Designed for Your Success 

Industry Experts: Part of Your Team 

Representatives from local employers serve on our advisory board and keep our classes aligned with industry changes — and they show up here, in the classes you take, meeting you, seeing how you learn and handle the machines. Companies participating on our advisory board include: 

In addition to helping us maintain a fresh curriculum, advisory board members also welcome our students as apprentices. 

Our Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Auburn Hills looks like a showroom because it is one. The ATC is:  

  • The SE Michigan showroom for HURCO, a leading industrial tech company 
  • Eight state-of-the-art CNC machines 
  • A HURCO lab  
  • The place where you apply classroom theory on the most recent equipment 

Plus, as a showroom, we attract companies interested in the machines. Those visits expand your network for your next job.  

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"After a few months into the program my instructor gave me the phone number of a local shop that was looking to hire an apprentice. I went for an interview and got a job as a CNC Operator. Since then I have continued to make my journey through the machine tool technology program and am able to apply what I learn at school to what I do at work."
- Daniel C., Current OCC Student

Take the Next Steps 

Ready to begin your studies? Get started now: 

  • Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application.
  • On the application select the certificate program ‘Machine Tool Technology’.
  • Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form.