Dunwoody Machine Tool Technology

Machining is crucial to the field of precision manufacturing, especially in Minnesota.

At Dunwoody, you will learn both manual and computer-controlled machining in a state-of-the-industry machine tool facility.

Train in Solidworks and MasterCAM software. Complete hands-on projects on both manual machines and those using advanced manufacturing processes, including CNC (computer numeric controlled) lathing, CNC milling, wire EDM (electrical discharge machining), and sinker EDM. Learn mold and die making and how to plan, layout, and inspect machining jobs.

Show your creative thinking by using your machining skills to create a Rube Goldberg machine or a mold for use on a Dunwoody’s plastic injection machine.

Course work is closely aligned with standards set forth by National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which means employers have confidence that you’ll be ready to work on day one.

Due to high demand, most machine tool students can find full-time employment in the field long before graduation.

In fact, many will be working in a shop within just the first year of the program.

This degree directly transfers into Dunwoody’s Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology.

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” I have tremendous respect for skilled trades and technical colleges, as well as for the hard-working intelligent people that made or make the choice to attend them. The education and training I received at Dunwoody was the building block that propelled my career. I owe a debt of gratitude to this college and wouldn’t be where I am today had I chosen differently.

Dunwoody is a great institution and there will always be demand for tradesmen and women who roll up their sleeves everyday to get the job done. “

Cory Miller

President & CEO, Avid International Molding Solutions; Machine Tool alum

Class topics include:

  • Manual milling and turning
  • Measurement and materials
  • Job planning and layout
  • CAD/CAM software
  • CNC milling and turning
  • Mold and die making
  • EDM technology

Degree Requirements

To view program requirements, including required courses, electives, course descriptions, and credit hours, visit:

College Catalog: Machine Tool Technology

Recent Employers of Graduates

Companies that hire our graduates include:

  • MTS Systems Corporation
  • BTD Manufacturing
  • Mendell
  • Kurt Manufacturing
  • Graco, Inc.

Common Job Titles

Possible job titles upon graduation include:

  • Machinist
  • CNC Programmer
  • Tool Maker
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician

Student Organizations

Opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom include:

  • Robotic Snow Plow Team
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)
  • SkillsUSA

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Facilities

Gene Haas Manufacturing Innovation Lab

Learn to program CNC milling and turning operations and develop the tooling used in modern manufacturing processes like injection molding and metal stamping.

  • 10 Haas CNC Mini Mills
  • 2 Haas VF2 Mills
  • Haas ST-10 Lathe
  • Sodick Wire EDM
  • Charmilles Sinker EDM
  • Cincinatti Injection Mold Press

Engineering, Materials, Mechanics & Metrology Lab

Open to all manufacturing and engineering students (and those with training on the equipment), this lab brings together equipment for additive manufacturing, material testing, measurement, and CNC simulation.

  • Two Stratasys Fortus 250 3D Printers
  • One Stratasys F370 3D Printer
  • One Fortus 400 3D Printer
  • Two MakerBot 3D Printers
  • Two Zeiss Duramax Coordinate Measurement Machines
  • Two MTS Criterion Tensile/Shear/Compression Testers
  • 7 Haas CNC Controller Simulators
  • One Zeiss Stemi 305 Microscope
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Machine Shop

 Manual milling, turning, sawing, drilling and grinding is accomplished in support of 9 different academic programs at Dunwoody.

  • 20 Bridgeport Mills
  • 12 LeBLonde Lathes
  • 2 Do-All vertical band saws
  • 3 Arbor Presses
  • A full-service Tool Crib

Machine Shop Tool Crib

Dunwoody’s one-stop shop for tooling needs and advice.

  • Power tools, hand tools, fasteners
  • Measuring tools
  • Adhesives, paints, cleaners
  • Personal protective equipment