Machine Operations Diploma

Why Choose Machine Operations Diploma at CLC?

• CLC graduates see a 95-100% placement into high demand, high wage careers.

• Students get hands-on training inside high-tech classrooms, with new advanced CNC and EDM machines.

• Industry experienced instructors train students on the very equipment they’ll use once they get into the workforce.

About the Program

The Machine Operations program at Central Lakes College uses a curriculum of technical industrial standards, which were set by a strong industrial advisory board made up of industry leaders in many manufacturing career areas. It prepares students in the areas of geometric tolerancing, advanced CAD/CAM, and advanced CNC milling, turning, and electrical discharge machine (EDM) operations.

Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience with lathes and mills, computer-aided-drafting and design software, precision machinery, computerized equipment and training using wire and sink EDMs. The demand for highly skilled machinists grows with the increased use of technology in the industry and the need to replace retired workers.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester – 1st Year
CMAE 1528 OR CMAE 1529  Career Success Skills (1 cr)
MATH 1500  Applied Mathematics (3 cr)
MTTS 1110  Principles of Machine Operations I (2 cr)
MTTS 1120  Machine Operations I (3 cr)
MTTS 1121  Machine Operations II (3 cr)
MTTS 1130  Print Reading (2 cr)
RAST 1109  Computers in Industry (2 cr)
Total – 16 credits

Spring Semester – 1st Year
MTTS 1111* Principles of Machine Operations II (2 cr)
MTTS 1122* Machine Operations III (3 cr)
MTTS 1124 Introduction to Engineering Graphics (2 cr)
MTTS 1131* Print Applications (2 cr)
MTTS 1134* CNC Operations (3 cr)
MTTS 1135 CNC Programming and Process Planning (2 cr)
MTTS 1140 CAD/CAM I (2 cr)
Total – 16 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Career Description: Maintenance machinists clean, oil, and maintain the machine tools. They also repair or make new parts for existing machinery. Skilled manufacturing maintenance technicians are needed to keep the complex industrial machinery of today’s manufacturing facilities running smoothly. Their work keeps factories productive and makes sure that the final product is perfect. Their work assures that machine operators are safe. A manufacturing maintenance technician is often responsible for performing entry-level to complex troubleshooting and repair techniques on manufacturing equipment and electrical/electronic or mechanical systems. As a technician you will be responsible for analyzing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing complex equipment. To advance in this career, maintenance machinists should gain proficiency with basic mechanical/hydraulic and pneumatic concepts related to machine tools.

Program Information: The Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Diploma Program at Central Lakes College provides a comprehensive foundation to get you started as a technician suited to work in any industrial plant where precision, efficiency, and safety are valued. You will learn skills in electronics, mechanical systems, and troubleshooting to become qualified to repair and maintain computerized equipment. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience. The diploma you earn from CLC will signify your preparation for career opportunities.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Select correct testing equipment for troubleshooting machine malfunctions;
  • Use and understand preventive maintenance procedures;
  • Use and understand predictive maintenance procedures;
  • Troubleshoot complex electrical control circuits and devices, and;
  • Troubleshoot complex mechanical systems.

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Career Titles: Some common career titles in this field include manufacturing maintenance technician, development mechanic, experimental and electrical mechanic, maintenance machinist, maintenance specialist, maintenance technician, and trouble shooter.


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Mike Fitcher

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000
Staples Machine Tool Lab
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Ronn Redemske

Machine Trades Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5117
Staples A115

Student Testimonials


I chose Central Lakes College because it was close to home and the Machine Tool Technology Program is known for their great instructors and educational opportunities. The Machine Trades field has a lot of jobs and career opportunities available and allows me to be creative and to work with my hands. After I graduated in 2013, I was hired by Diamond Tool & Engineering in Bertha, MN as a Wire EDM Operator and CNC Machinist. And after only a year, I am being training to be the EDM Department Lead. The degree I earned prepared me well for this position.


I chose the Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College because it was close to home and I am able to get the diploma done in one year. It is a concentrated program and a lot of work in a short time, but it is giving me the basic foundation in all aspects of machine technology so I can go into any shop and pick up their processes quickly. When I complete this training, I will gain a promotion, a wage increase and increased responsibilities with my current employer.

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