Machine Tool Technology (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 

360 Virtual TourThe machine tool technology program features instruction in the safe operation of all basic machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, various saws, and grinding equipment, as well as proper measurement and inspection of parts. Interpreting engineering drawings and mathematical calculations required by all machinists is also presented.

The second year includes shop math and CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) programming with an emphasis on hands-on skills using advanced machine tools. A strong emphasis on shop safety is an integral part of the program. The AOS degree program includes operation of CNC lathes (turning centers), and CNC milling machines (machining centers). This includes set-up as well as operation of the machines. Interpreting engineering drawings and control documents will also be emphasized. The understanding of quality control and how to conduct appropriate measurements and inspection will be integrated into the course work. The intent is to graduate someone with overall advanced machine shop skills.

A full CNC laboratory as well as machining centers, turning centers, and access to an electronic discharge machine are located at the Dresser-Rand facility used by Alfred State machine tool students.

With the successful completion of the two years, an AOS (Associate of Occupational Studies) degree will be awarded in machine tool technology.

The average salary for a machinist in industry today is ranked the seventh highest among all American professions (including doctors, lawyers, etc.), and this average salary is higher than the average salary for all four-year college graduates.

So if earning a high salary is on your list for selecting occupational opportunities, you need to look at machine tool technology. Over 50 percent of all machinists in America today will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. This fact alone shows the tremendous opportunity that awaits the trained and well-qualified machinist.

Dean Craig Clark speaks about manufacturing opportunities in this news clip:

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate and apply safe operations of all machine tools.
  • Student will be proficient in basic lathe operations.
  • Student will be proficient in basic milling operations.
  • Demonstrate mathematical operations using accepted mathematical applications.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform advanced procedures on assigned projects.
  • Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for lathe.
  • Student will be proficient in writing CNC programs for milling machine.
  • Student will be proficient and apply GDT to all projects.
  • Student will demonstrate ability to operate CNC equipment.
  • Student will demonstrate all knowledge in senior capstone project.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants for the machine tool technology program must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away in a shop environment.
  • Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
  • Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  • Must be able to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
  • Must be able to visually read an LCD display on welding equipment.
  • Must have the dexterity and mobility to weld in all the welding positions to meet all requirements.
  • Good eyesight is recommended.
Features & Facilities: 
  • Use of modern computer-controlled equipment
  • Hands-on program in which students learn by doing
  • Work on industrial equipment
Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Students are required to have earned a minimum grade of "C" in MACH CALC I & II and also MATT 4003 senior project. (Articulation is available in MACH. CALC area.)

Career Opportunities: 
  • CNC Machinist
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • Machine Setters and Operators
  • Machinists
  • Mold Makers
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State machine tool technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

As with all School of Applied Technology programs, the student spends a total of six hours each day in a combination of lecture and machine laboratory classes. This is the allotted time requirement, but many students find it necessary to spend extra time doing lab work or homework to keep current with the many industrial-type projects assigned in the program.

First Semestercredits
MATT1004Basic Industrial Machining4
MATT1014Industrial Machining I4
MATT1024Industrial Machining II4
MATT1713Read'g Engineering Drawings I3
MATT1913Machinist Calculations I3
Second Semestercredits
MATT1234Industrial Machining III4
MATT1244Industrial Machining IV4
MATT1254Industrial Machining V4
MATT1723Read'g Engineering Drawings II3
MATT1923Machinist Calculations II3
Third Semestercredits
MATT3005Intro. CNC Mach. Prog.5
MATT3015CNC Ind. Mach. I5
MATT3025CNC Ind. Mach. II5
MATT3003Geo. Dim & Tol.3
Fourth Semestercredits
MATT4005CNC Ind. Mach. III5
MATT4015CNC Ind. Mach. IV5
MATT4025CNC Ind. Mach. V5
MATT4003Senior Project3
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees81112
Responding to Survey7 (88%)9 (82%)12 (100%)
Employed5 (71%)8 (89%)12 (100%)
Employed in Field4 (80%)8 (100%)11 (92%)
Transferred2 (29%)1 (11%)--
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$30,000 - $39,999 (2)
$40,000 - $49,999 (2)
Prefer not to disclose (8)