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Machine Tool Technology (Tool & Die)

If you enjoy making things, using tools and equipment, and accepting responsibility as part of a team, machine trades is a Last Dollar Scholarshipgreat career to consider! People who have precise technical skills will always be needed in such fields as automotive, aerospace and agricultural manufacturing, and industrial component and consumer product manufacturing. You can become the skilled manufacturing machining specialist who produces the tools, parts and products that people rely on every day.

MCC’s Machine Trades Programs

Our Machine Trades courses are taught in MCC’s new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center. Applicants for these programs must be at least 17 years of age and will be evaluated on an application form, personal interview, past educational experience, and a pre-entrance test. Those interested should visit with the instructor before attempting to register for classes.

Marshalltown Community College offers two Machine Trades programs, depending on your career goals:

  1. A 10-month Machine Tool Technology Trades Practitioner Diploma program for those seeking employment as Machinists; new classes begin each fall.*
  2. A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree (Machine Tool Technology Tool & Die) for those who want a position in the tool and die field. The AAS degree is key for those seeking the most lucrative lifelong employment opportunities. In addition, many of the courses in this degree program may be transferred to the University of Northern Iowa’s four-year General Industry & Technology program, where students can complete a bachelor’s degree. Several of UNI’s third-year and fourth-year classes are offered via telepresence, and can be completed right on the MCC campus.

* Courses taken for the Practitioner Diploma can be applied directly to the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

The links under Degrees Awarded (below) specify our different program course requirements.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable our students to transfer MCC credits to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!

Machine Trades Careers & Job Outlook

Employment of Machinists and Tool and Die Makers is projected to remain steady through 2026. Workers familiar with computer software applications and who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.

The median annual wage for Machinists and Tool & Die Makers was $45,750 in 2019 (the median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less). The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,610.

Follow this link to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:

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