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Machine Technologist

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The 30-credit Machine Technologist certificate provides a foundational machining education for students interested in an advanced machining career.  This certificate contains foundational courses that make-up the 360° eTECH 15-credit Production Technologies certificate, in addition to 15 credits of specialized instruction.

Basic coursework for this certificate will engage students in production technologies, as well as offer more advanced skill topics such as machine tool print reading, machine tool technology theory and lab principles, machining math, introduction to computer numerical control, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

Graduates of the Machine Technologist certificate can expect to have the skills necessary to fill positions such as Production Machinist, CNC Machinist and CNC Operations Technician.
In Minnesota, the short-term employment outlook for 2012 indicates over 470 positions available in machining. More long-term employment forecasts predict over 2,000 available machining positions through 2019 in Minnesota.
According to, Machinists working in Minnesota earn an average wage of $20.87 per hour – more than the national average.

A Machine Technologist certificate will give students an intermediate knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations. Graduates will gain the skills needed to work in a variety of intermediate production or set-up positions that require analytical thinking. After completing this certificate, you may find work as a Machine Operator or further your education to become a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Programmer, a CNC Tool Maker, or a CNC Operations Technician.

MSSC Certification:

Students completing the Machine Technologist certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

NTC (360° eTECH) does not award the MSSC Certification. Students earning an NTC (360° eTECH) Certificate will need to locate the nearest MSSC Certified Assessment Center to arrange testing for the MSSC Certification.

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production modules:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four.

A sample of businesses that recognize the MSSC Certification include:

  • Harley-Davidson
  • Cummins
  • Dow Chemical
  • Arctic Cat
  • ITW/Heartland
  • Toro
  • Steelcase


See more about careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Next steps

The 30-credit Machine Technologist certificate contains foundational advanced manufacturing courses as well as specialized courses, and is one of four in the 360° eTECH offering:

Production Technologies (15 credits)

Automation Technologies (30 credits)

Machine Technologist (30 credits)

Welding Technology (30 credits)

360° eTECH

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