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 and reach the high quality and accuracy standards demanded of machinists.
KCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in Industrial Electricity and Electronics, as well as the more generalized Trades certificate and associate degree geared towards company-sponsored students.
- Industrial Machining Technology Certificate (30 credits)
- Associate in Applied Science: Industrial Machining Technology (60 credits)
- Industrial Trades Certificate (25 credits)
- Associate in Applied Science: Skilled Trades (60 credits)
Tool & Die Modules (unavailable in Summer)
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, gauges, dies and molds.
Industrial Machining Technology Careers
Industrial Machining Technology is a rewarding, viable field for students who demonstrate mechanical aptitude, enjoy creating things with their hands and have the skills to use precision tools. Career opportunities for such 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
- Maintenance mechanic
- Quality technician
With additional education after the program, opportunities include:
- Business/shop owner
- 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 careers in Michigan, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
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 one credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from 1 to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.
|Unit 05||Machine Tool Basics||0.17|
|Unit 10||Machine Tool Safety||0.17|
|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||0.79|
|Unit 45||Vertical/Horizontal Milling||5.84|
|Unit 50||Surface Grinding||2.75|
|Unit 55||Cylindrical Grinding||1.50|
|Unit 65||CNC Programming and Machining||6.25|
|Unit 70||Machine Tool Projects||5.58|
|Full course listings||Spring 2022|
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 our academic advising department.