Machine Tool Technology

Machine tool student in lab Sheridan College Wyoming

Machine Tool Technology

  • Machine Tool Technology

Sheridan College, Gillette College
To see program curriculum, click on a degree option below
Degree Options: AAS Certificate 

Machinists use engine lathes, drill presses, grinders and Computer Numerical Controlled machines to make precision tools and parts. From mining to robotics, machinists are employed across numerous industries, using their technical skills to build, engineer and create parts for the working world. NWCCD offers one of the nation’s best Machine Tool Technology programs, presenting students with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on learning to prepare for careers in the field. The Machine Tool Technology program is available at both Gillette College and Sheridan College.


Industry Outlook

From building a tool for a farming job to upgrading the undercarriage on NASA’s Crawler Transporter launching pad for rockets and spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, machinists are employed across sectors in every state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 33,000 new jobs will be added to the field of Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, from 2012-2022. The field of Machinists is expected to grow by nearly 10%.


Careers and Opportunities

Nearly everything manufactured today can be traced back to the skilled work of a machinist. NWCCD Machine Tool Technology program graduates have landed jobs in a variety of industries, including the automotive, aerospace, medical and more. You can use your Machine Tool Technology degree and skills to work as a machinist, CNC machine operator, CNC programmer, machine assembler, or machine tool designer in a related field like:


  • Aerospace engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Tool production
  • Robotics
  • Firearm manufacturing
  • Automotive industry
  • Heavy machinery production
  • Coal mining
  • Vacuum production
  • Welding/ranching/agriculture

Research additional employment information by viewing this program’s gainful employment page.


NWCCD Machine Tool graduates helped upgrade one of NASA’s Crawler Transporters, the largest self-powered land vehicles in the world.


Our Program

Our NWCCD Machine Tool Technology program will prepare you to work in the field as a skilled machinist. The program is offered in Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate of Completion options and is one of the most successful and highly regarded in the tristate region. As a student in NWCCD’s Machine Tool Technology program, you will receive important hands-on training, in addition to best theory and practical teachings for the industry. Expert faculty members will guide you through using cutting-edge technology, such as engine lathes, drill presses, grinders, mills, CNC machining centers, CNC turning centers, 3D printers, 3D modeling and more. Your course schedule may include Machine Tool Skills Lab, Manufacturing Methods, CNC Program and Operations, and more.


NWCCD partners with organizations and companies in the industry fields across northern Wyoming to provide internship and job opportunities for students. NWCCD Machine Tool Technology graduates, employed by L&H Industrial of Sheridan and Gillette, helped upgrade the four massive undercarriages on one of the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Crawler Transporters, the largest self-powered land vehicles in the world. The complex upgrade of the undercarriages involved the custom manufacturing of more than 1,300 improved parts and components, according to L&H Industrial. The skill of NWCCD’s Machine Tool Technology graduates and the vision and resources of the innovate Wyoming company helped L&H Industrial secure and complete the noteworthy work with NASA.


As a Machine Tool Technology student, you will develop advanced skills in precision machining using NWCCD’s state-of-the-art technology.


Faculty and Community

NWCCD has some of the best Machine Tool Technology instructors in the country.  They are committed to helping you learn each aspect of planning, designing, precise machining and more. Our faculty follow industry standards from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) to ensure you are learning the latest skills to prepare you for your career.


NWCCD created the Machine Tool Technology program to meet the demands for machinists locally and regionally. NWCCD has built strong partnerships with industry giants, including coal mines and manufacturing companies, to provide excellent learning opportunities and jobs in the field to Machine Tool Technology.


NWCCD also competes annually in the Wyoming SkillsUSA state completion and many NWCCD students are earned trips to the national SkillsUSA conference and competition in Kansas City and Louisville, Kentucky. We have had students finish in the top 15 in the nation a variety of technology categories, including Precision Machining.


NWCCD also partners with Campbell County High School in Gillette to offer dual enrollment for CCHS students in the Machine Tool Technology program, earning college credit toward Associate degrees. Students actively learn concepts taught in courses by machining projects and producing components to specific specifications.


Meet Our Faculty


Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is a multi-campus community college serving Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan College

1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-675-0505
Phone: 888-675-0505

Gillette College

300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-681-6000
Phone: 888-681-6070