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 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.

The Industrial Trades Certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

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.

View the Tool and Die cost sheets for Spring 2022 for a complete listing of modules and their costs, or contact program instructor Jason Moore.

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
  • 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 careers in Michigan, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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 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 Title Credits
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
Unit 75 Mastercam 4.50
Full course listings Spring 2022

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 our academic advising department.