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Machine Tool Technology Associate Degree

AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree
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2 Years
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Turn your passion for precision into a high-demand job in machine tool technology 

The Machine Tool Technology Degree program at Clackamas Community College equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in today's dynamic manufacturing industry. In just two years, our hands-on associate degree program prepares you to operate sophisticated machinery, use cutting-edge software and ensure the quality of complex industrial products. 

Throughout the program, you will gain mastery in: 

  • Operating a variety of machines: Get hands-on experience with manual and computer-controlled (CNC) machines, including lathes, mills, grinders and more. 
  • Cutting-edge software: Learn industry-standard CAD/CAM software to design parts and generate CNC programs for efficient production. 
  • Quality control techniques: Develop the skills to ensure the precision and quality of every product you create. 
  • Safe and efficient practices: Understand safe work procedures and optimize manufacturing processes for maximum productivity. 

A flexible and affordable path to success 

  • Day or evening classes: Choose a schedule that fits your life. 
  • Experienced instructors: Gain knowledge from industry professionals. 

Don't wait! Launch your rewarding career in manufacturing with a Machine Tool Technology Degree from Clackamas Community College. 

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Job Outlook

Gain solid skills for high-demand careers 

This program equips you with a strong foundation in the core skills needed for a rewarding career in high-tech manufacturing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% job growth for machinists and tool and die makers through 2032. This growth, coupled with an aging workforce, creates a strong demand for skilled professionals. 

Search related careers and regional data on wages and job outlook on WorkSource.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Gain the skills you need to succeed 

The Machine Tool Technology Degree program focuses on developing practical skills that are essential for success in today's manufacturing industry. Here's what you should learn: 

  • Safety procedures: Learn critical safety practices to work safely around machinery, power tools and chemicals in an industrial environment. 
  • Manual machining operations: Gain the ability to plan and execute manufacturing processes using manual machine tools, following blueprints and specifications. 
  • CAD/CAM software: Learn industry-standard CAD software to create detailed 2D and 3D models of parts. Additionally, you will learn CAM software to generate CNC programs that automate machining processes. 
  • Machining calculations: Develop the skills to apply physics and math principles to effectively machine various industrial materials. 

This program equips you with a strong foundation in the core skills needed for a rewarding career in high-tech manufacturing. 

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


Short-Term Training Certificate

Fast-track your career with our short-term training option 

Launch into the workforce quickly with our customized training program. This program is ideal for those who want to enter the manufacturing field fast. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan focusing on the essential skills and knowledge you need to secure an entry-level position or transition into a new career path. You will receive a valuable credential to showcase your skills to employers upon successful completion. 

Benefits of short-term training 

  • Get to work faster: Gain the qualifications you need in a shorter timeframe. 
  • Focused learning: Develop in-demand skills relevant to your career goals. 
  • Cost-effective: Save time and money compared to a full degree program. 

Ready to learn more? 

Talk to a faculty advisor. Our advisors will help you create your personalized training plan. Contact the Industrial Technology Department today! Call 503-594-3318
Oregon Institute of Technology transfer information

Pursue a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering technology 

The Machine Tool Technology Degree program at Clackamas Community College provides a strong foundation for those interested in pursuing a four-year degree at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Many of our credits seamlessly transfer to their Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Earning a bachelor's degree can open doors to: 

  • Leadership roles: Take on supervisory or management positions. 
  • Increased earning potential: Bachelor's degree holders typically command higher salaries. 
  • Broader career options: Qualify for a wider range of engineering jobs within the manufacturing industry. 

Ready to learn more?  

Talk to a faculty advisor. Our advisors will help you create your personalized training plan. Contact the Industrial Technology Department today! Call 503-594-3318.

Earn a certificate on the way to your degree

Many degree programs at CCC offer opportunities to earn professional certificates along the way. These certificates can give your resume a boost and qualify you for jobs, even before you graduate. Every step you take gets you closer to your dreams. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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