SPARK - Machine Tool

Welcome to Career Ignite at SCTCC.

St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a co-sponsor of the Times Media SPARK project, a year-long exploration of skilled career options in Central Minnesota. Many of these careers are experiencing a shortage of workers and are well paying. And all of them are available to study at SCTCC for you to finish in two years or less.

Get ready to learn about the wide variety of in-demand industries in the area from September through May. Then get ready to ignite your career by starting at SCTCC!

October: Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology program at SCTCC has AAS and diploma program options: Machine Tool Technology (AAS 60 credits; diploma 55 credits); Advanced CNC/CAM Machinist Concentration (AAS 68 credits; diploma 63 credits); and CNC Moldmaker/CAM Machinist Concentration (AAS 68 credits; diploma 63 credits).

Open House - Area High School Students
Thursday, October 6, 2016 • 8:30-11 a.m.

Open House - open to the public
Thursday, October 6, 2016 • 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Wondering if Machine Tool/CNC Machining is for you? Wondering what CNC Machining actually is? Stop by our Open House to learn about Machine Tool, as well as mechanical designwelding and energy & electronics.

October is Free Application Month at SCTCC! Now's the perfect time to apply for the 2017 Spring or Fall semesters.

Scholarship Opportunities

In conjunction with the Minnesota Tour of Manufacturing, SCTCC is providing two future students an opportunity to receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend SCTCC in a manufacturing program. In addition, St. Cloud State University is offering a $5,000 scholarship to SCTCC manufacturing program grads - that's potentially $7,500 in scholarships if this is the program for you.

Attend three tours during the Tour of Manufacturing and/or Career Ignite open house at SCTCC, and you’re eligible to apply for one of two $2,500 scholarships to attend SCTCC. For instance, high school students can attend the Career Ignite open house, then two tours during the Tour of Manufacturing with a parent/guardian, or they can attend three tours during the Tour of Manufacturing. On the scholarship applicaiton, just self-identify that you attended the tours, and we will check your attendance.

High School students must attend the manufacturer tours with a parent/guardian (but can come to the SCTCC open house with their classmates). Current undecided SCTCC students are eligible for the scholarship and are not required to attend tours with a parent. If you are an undecided SCTCC student, you can stop in during either open house to obtain your qualifying tour for the scholarship. PSEO students would have the scholarship held until after they graduate from high school and enroll in a manufacturing program at SCTCC. If you have any questions, contact the SCTCC Foundation office at 320.308.5937.

The smallest component on microscopic surgical instruments is barely visible to the human eye. But the highly skilled machine tool technician knows it’s there and of the quality that life saving surgical treatments demand.

Whether creating microscopic surgical blades or larger, complex fasteners, graduates of the Machine Tool Technology program know how to shape metal and other rigid materials with precision.

Machine Tool Technology is a large and expanding occupational field that offers unlimited opportunities as a machine operator, machinist, or a tool and die or mold-maker apprentice. Graduates can expand to areas such as tool making, precision machining, setup specialist, inspection work, machining technician, and CNC machining including Swiss CNC turning technology.

Shape your future. Earn your Machine Tool Technology degree.

Skills Acquired

  • Setup and milling operations on Bridgeports
  • Setup and turning operations on Lathes
  • G & M code programming for CNC machines
  • CAM designing and programming software
  • CNC setup and operation
  • Multi-axis CNC Machining and Turning center programming/setup and operation

Career Choices in Machine Tool

Types of Careers

  • Machinist: Manual and CNC
  • Toolmaker
  • Moldmaker
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Setup
  • CNC programming
  • Quality inspector

For more information on getting started with the Machine Tool Technology program at SCTCC, please visit

Next month: Robotics and Mechatronics