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Machinist Technician, Tier III, CTS

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Industrial Machine Technology

The Industrial Machine Technology program provides instruction in the theory and operation of mills and lathes, both manual and CNC, other tools related to the machinist trade, and associated programming. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Apply quantitative skills in conjunction with trade handbook information to solve problems;
  • Effectively communicate during the problem solving process;
  • Use tools and equipment to form and machine various materials in a manufacturing laboratory environment;
  • Describe precision measurement and quality control procedures;
  • Use various precision measuring tools including a coordinate measuring machine;
  • Demonstrate advanced machining operations that are performed on CNC machines, and also Swiss CNC machines;
  • Produce advanced programs using G code; and
  • Demonstrate advanced techniques that are used on manual mills and lathes.

Machinist Technician Tier III, CTS

First Semester Total: 18

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Optional Course Offering:

Program Information

  • Both BMGT 205  and COMX 115  must be completed by students who want to graduate with an AAS degree.
  • Each completed Tier’s courses constitute a certificate in that Tier. A student may apply for graduation in Tier I, II, III, or IV. Or, a student may apply for graduation with a Certificate of Applied Science in Industrial Machine Technology upon completion of Tiers I and II. Alternatively, a student may apply for graduation with the AAS degree in Industrial Machine Technology upon completion of all four Tiers.
  • An internship is optional for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester. See internships  for more information and application deadlines. 

Opportunities after Graduation

  • CNC machinists work in machinery and machine tool manufacturing, small arms manufacturing, and machine shops. Growth in the manufacturing industry and the need to replace an aging workforce is expected to provide opportunities for graduates.
  • In Montana, employment of CNC machinists is projected to increase by 44% between 2010 and 2020. Both state and national projected employment growth exceeds the rate of overall projected employment growth.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center.

Student Support Center Advisor                                   
Will Richards                        
OT 204      
(406) 756-4862      


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