Computerized Machine Tool Engineering

From space shuttles to plastic products, machine tool technicians play a vital role in the design, fabrication and manufacturing of quality parts. Graduates of the Computerized Machine Tool Engineering program are prepared for a highly-skilled job working with special inspection tools and manufacturing equipment in a reliable industry.

Program Options

Computerized Machine Tool Engineering offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The technical certificate is a one-year program. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to program, tool and operate CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mills and lathes. For graduates wanting to continue their education, certificate courses satisfy many of the requirements of the Computerized Machine Tool Engineering AAS degree program.

The associate of applied science degree is an accelerated one and a half year program that contains technical and general education courses. The Associate of Applied Science degree contains technical and general education courses and can be completed with one additional semester of training. The advanced technical portion of this course is taught in the summer. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to program, tool and operate CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mills and lathes, as well as the ability to draw and program in Mastercam.

Associates Degree Course Requirements Technical Certificate Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

Machinists design and fabricate parts used in a wide array of products varying from the space shuttle to airplanes, vehicles, and all of the injection molds used to make plastic products. Machine Tool technicians work with special inspection tools and manufacturing equipment, including computer numerical controlled lathes, computer numerical controlled mills, live tooling numerical controlled lathes, computer-aided machine development (CAM), manual mills, manual lathes and CMM inspection equipment.

Career opportunities include:

  • Automobile and aircraft manufacturers
  • Maintenance and repair shops
  • Manufacturing of all metal goods and plastic injection mold manufactures

Program Faculty

Daniel Stair
Daniel Stair

Computerized Machine Tool Engineering

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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Daniel Stair
620-341-1316
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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Academic Partnership

FHTC students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computerized Machine Tool Engineering may be eligible to utilize a 2+2 agreement with the following institutions to further their education.

Fort Hays State University: Bachelor of Technology Leadership
Kansas State University: Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
Pittsburg State University: Bachelor of Applied Science
Washburn University: Bachelor of Applied Science

Program Information & Resources

Estimated program costs and testing criteria​ are available in the documents below. Visit our admissions page to learn about admissions steps and other helpful information.

Computerized Machine Tool Engineering Cost Sheet View Document
Computerized Machine Tool Engineering Cost Sheet - High School Students View Document