Machine Tool Technology / CNC

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Explores advanced precision machining skills utilizing computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and turning centers, and CAD/CAM software. Course work introduces a variety of metals, usage of various types of cutting tools, precision measuring tools, manual lathes, vertical milling machines, surface grinders, and other shop equipment. Classes are conducted in real world laboratory settings using state-of-the-art equipment.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Develop knowledge of career opportunities and demonstrate the requisite entry level machining and measurement skills for the manufacturing industry.
  • Practice safe work habits in an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Create a basic or complex part on non-computerized industry standard machining and turning equipment.
  • Create complete complex parts on computer controlled machining centers.
  • Create complete complex parts on computer controlled turning centers.
  • Utilize quality control concepts to identify root cause part discrepancies.
  • Utilize appropriate technology to solve complex problems through critical analysis in the machining environment.
  • Synthesize information using numerical control software to complete three-dimensional parts on computer controlled milling and turning centers.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete one of the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
63.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
Guy Pizzino: 313-845-6331,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
Career Opportunities: 
  • Automation and Control Technician
  • CNC Set-up Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Quality Controller
  • Programmer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Tool Analyst
  • Pre-production Planner
  • Plastic R & D Technician
  • Machinist/Toolmaker
  • Sales & Service Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Test Technician