The Machine Tool Technology AAS and diploma options are designed to prepare students to enter the machine tool trade or to seek additional education. Students considering management or engineering are encouraged to pursue the AAS degree. The first year of Machine Tool Technology training is used to explain the nature and purpose of the machine trade. The student is introduced to tools, materials, equipment, and trade terms and develops the skills to do the job. The student receives advanced precision machining skills using machines such as the computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and turning centers, wire and sinking EDM's, precision surface grinders, CAD/CAM software, and other shop equipment. The machinist becomes knowledgeable in reading blueprints. Students become acquainted with a variety of metals and learn how to use the various types of cutting tools. A student learns to use precise measuring tools and make accurate setups on manual lathes, vertical milling machines, surface grinders, CNC machines, and other various shop equipment.
The AAS degree option is strongly recommended for students who are considering furthering their education in engineering or seeking advanced career placement. Transferable general education courses are integrated into the AAS curriculum. Currently, Alexandria Technical & Community College has several articulation agreements which accept the Machine Tool AAS for transfer into bachelor's degree programs.