Industrial Machining Technology

Students work on Industrial Machining Technology equipment at the RMTC.Every sector of industry is dependent upon people with specialized machining technology training in such areas as automotive, aerospace, medical supply, furniture, metals/metal products, plastics, machinery and renewable energy. These highly skilled experts work with designers and engineers to make fixtures, dies, molds, gauges and other industry-specific parts which support the manufacturing process.

The Industrial Machining Technology Program at Kellogg Community College prepares students with hands-on skills to create precision components.

KCC offers the following Industrial Machining Technology Program credentials:

  • Industrial Machining Technology Certificate (30 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science: Industrial Machining Technology (60 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science: Skilled Trades (60 credits)

Course Sequences

Unlike traditional academic courses, the offerings in KCC’s Industrial Machining Technology Program consist of short modules that are components of larger units. Modules are often less than 1 credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from one to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

Industrial Machining Technology modules carry the course designator INMT as detailed in the most recent Fall 2021 Machining Technology Cost Sheet. Units in this program include:

Unit Title Credits
Unit 5 Machine Tool Basics .17
Unit 10 Machine Tool Safety .17
Unit 15 Blueprint Reading 1.16
Unit 20 Fundamental Skills 1.98
Unit 25 Precision Measurement 2.75
Unit 30 Drill Press and Band Saw 2.51
Unit 35 Turning On Lathe 4.61
Unit 40 Electronic Discharge Machining .79
Unit 45 Vertical/Horizontal Milling 5.84
Unit 50 Surface Grinding 2.75
Unit 55 Cylindrical Grinding 1.5
Unit 65 CNC Programming and Machining 6.25
Unit 70 Machine Tool Projects 5.58
Unit 75 Mastercam 4.5

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Guides are available to view opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial Machining Technology students include Ferris State University, Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.

For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact:

Industrial Machining Technology Careers

Industrial machining is a rewarding, viable career for students who demonstrate mechanical aptitude, enjoy creating things with their hands and have the skills to use precision tools. In short, this is not a desk job. Career opportunities for students in this program cover a variety of industries.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in industrial machining technology include:

  • CNC machinist
  • Drafting (CAD/CAM) design technicians
  • Engineering technician
  • Jig, fixture, die, pattern or mold maker
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance mechanic
  • Quality technician

With additional education after the program, opportunities include:

  • Business/shop owner
  • Engineer
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Manufacturing/process engineer
  • Production supervisor
  • Quality control engineer
  • Sales manager
  • Tooling engineer

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for industrial machining technology careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Why Study Industrial Machining Technology at KCC?

The skills that KCC students learn and practice matter greatly to industries across the world. The ships on the sea, the planes in the air and the satellites in space were all made by tradespeople. At KCC, we take seriously the quality, accuracy, technology and safety of the techniques and mechanical thinking that we teach.

Tool & Die Modules

Our Tool and Die modules are designed for company-sponsored students who are working as machinists or toolmakers. Our Tool and Die instructor will work with the student or company to find specific modules within the Tool and Die curriculum which will best serve the student’s individual needs. Students will learn how to heat-treat steel and how to design and make jigs, fixtures, gages, dies and molds.

View the Fall 2021 Tool and Die cost sheet for a complete listing of modules and their costs, or contact program instructor Jason Moore at Tool and Die modules are not offered during summer semesters.

RMTC Equipment & Facilities

Across Michigan, there are few facilities like the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, which KCC started in 1990 as a way to serve the workforce needs of the industries that are active and growing in south central Michigan. Thanks to an ongoing commitment from the College, private employers and local, state and federal agencies, the RMTC is a premier provider of industrial and skilled-trades education with highly experienced instructors and top-notch equipment. Machinery used for training at the RMTC is similar or identical to the equipment that students will use in the workplace.

Self-Paced Learning

Because of the self-paced instructional model at the RMTC, students can move at their own pace through the modules and units. As their work and life schedules allow, they can spend as many or as few hours each week learning alongside our instructors, who are available in labs day and night.

See the RMTC Fall 2021 Lab Schedule for available hours.

Prior-Learning Credits

Students who hold a journeyman or U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) apprenticeship certificate are eligible to receive prior learning credits that can be applied toward a KCC certificate or degree.