BCTC Program Spotlight: Machine Tool Technology

toolTake apart a car engine or a washing machine, and what do you find? Parts . . . all kinds of parts. Graduates of BCTC’s machine tool technology program have the skills to make the parts needed to be the heart of machines of all kinds, from toasters to airplanes.

Working with everything from hand tools to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery, students learn to make precision parts from blueprints and other specifications. They learn how to inspect, test, and repair machine parts and how to remain safe on the job.

Skilled laborers like toolmakers, mold makers, CNC programmers, and machinists are essential employees in today’s workforce. Currently, close to a million and a half people hold jobs as machinists, machine operators, and tool and die makers. As this population ages, the need to replace skilled machinists is increasing. It is estimated that about 30 percent of the skilled machinists and 70 percent of all tool and die makers in North America will retire within the next 3 to 5 years.

Graduates in the machine tool technology program at BCTC are meeting the high demand for skilled labor. Manufacturers including CAT, Hitachi, Joy Mining, L3, Clark Tool and Die, Superior Tool, Corning, and Phillips regularly hire BCTC students.

The machine tool technology program at BCTC offers five certificates, two diplomas and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Depending upon a student’s credentials, place of employment and area of expertise, starting salaries vary from $10 to $17.50 per hour.

For more information on BCTC's machine tool technology program visit http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/trades_and_technologies/machine_tool/