Earn your degree in Machine Tool Technology at Gillette and Sheridan.

Machine Tool Technology

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. Students are prepared for their careers with our state-of-the-art technology and hands-on learning. The Machine Tool Technology program is available at both Gillette College and Sheridan College.

Our NWCCD Machine Tool Technology degree 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. Graduates from these programs are very successful and highly regarded in the tri-state region. Students 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. Your course schedule may include Machine Tool Skills Lab, Manufacturing Methods, Computer Numerical Controlled Program and Operations, and more.

Why NWCCD?

  • Develop advanced skills in precision machining using NWCCD’s state-of-the-art technology.
  • Learn to use a variety of engine lathes, drill presses, grinders, mills, CNC machining centers, CNC turning centers, 3D printers, 3D modeling and more in hands-on classes.
  • World-class job opportunities – NWCCD Machine Tool graduates helped upgrade one of NASA’s Crawler Transporters, the largest self-powered land vehicle in the world.

Industry Outlook

From building a tool for a farming job to upgrading spacecraft for NASA, machinists are employed across sectors in every state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 2,700 new jobs will be added to the field of machinists and tool makers, from 2016-2026.

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 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.

Our students compete annually in the Wyoming SkillsUSA state completion. 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.

Campbell County High School in Gillette offers dual enrollment for CCHS students in the Machine Tool Technology program, earning college credit toward Associate degrees.

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
  • Welding/Ranching/Agriculture