Machine Tool Technology

There is a vital need for trained individuals to keep industry machinery in good working order and to produce the parts necessary to keep industry moving.

Overview

The Machine Tool Technology program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College develops the skills that manufacturers value. Once enrolled in the program, students will learn skills in the proper use of hand tools, blueprint reading, manual lathe and mill operations, heat treatment, surface grinding, the fundamentals of operating CNC Lathe and Mill, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing usage, programming, and so much more. 

The U.S. faces a real possibility of not having enough trained and qualified machinists for thousands of vacant machining jobs as the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire. What does this mean for you? There are more jobs available in this field than skilled workers to fill them. 

Programs in the Machine Tool Technology department can be completed between 1 – 6 semesters. 

Features

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Job Stability & Security

Experienced machinists may become CNC programmers, tool and die makers, or mold makers, or be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms. They can also open their own machine shops. 

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Little or No Cost to You

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt.  

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Machine Tool Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $8,586.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,220.00 
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Advancement Opportunities

Experienced machinists may become CNC programmers, tool and die makers, or mold makers, or be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions in their firms. They can also open their own machine shops. 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and the OFTC campus where it is taught, in part or in its entirety.

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor: 
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students can enter a Machine Tool Technology program any semester — because when you are ready to start on the path to a new career and change your life, there is no reason to wait. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology. 

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Machine Tool Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $8,586.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,220.00 

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

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You can also use the Net Price Calculator to get estimated net price information based on what similar students paid in a previous year. 

Career Outlook

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

The Precision Machining and Manufacturing industry offers opportunities to work with exciting technology, making products for aerospace, robotics, automotive, weapons, quality control, medical device industries and many others. And as you gain experience and more education in this field, you’ll be able to advance into machine programming, and even engineering jobs. 

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Machinist and Tool and Die Makers 

  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $47,940 
  • Job Outlook: 1% through 2030 

What does this mean to you?  High tech manufacturing has had a resurgence and the industry is growing. These jobs are in demand, and currently there are more job openings for machinists than there are machinists to fill them. 

 

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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Machinist 
  • Tool and die maker
  • Metal worker 

Diverse Settings

  • Machine shops 
  • Machinery manufacturing 
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing 
  • Employment services 

Skills Learned

  • Read detailed drawings or files, such as blueprints, sketches, and those for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) 
  • Set up, operate, and disassemble manual, automatic, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools 
  • Align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and workpieces 
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines 
  • Turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machine parts to specifications 
  • Verify that completed products meet requirements 

Leadership Testimonials

“OFTC’s Machine Tool program gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to start and excel in a career as a machinist. It is a great honor and privilege to me to be able to come full circle. Now ten years later I am teaching the program that got me started on this path.” 

Jeff Frady
Machine Tool Instructor & OFTC Graduate