Machine Tool Technology Program

With a strong base of manufacturing employers and a workforce to match, the Upstate has an unparalleled track record in manufacturing excellence and rewarding opportunities for people with the right skills. Among the strongest opportunities in manufacturing are machinist positions, with employers expressing a critical need for qualified workers.

The Machine Tool Technology program at Greenville Technical College is designed to provide local companies with a pool of skilled metalworking personnel and to give graduates the knowledge base needed to qualify for rewarding positions.

Many of the openings employers seek to fill are for those with Computer Numerical Control or CNC skills. Within the Machine Tool Technology department, the college also offers several levels of training in the CNC Program, which can lead to many high-demand jobs.


A career you can count on

Graduates find employment in large and small machine shops and manufacturing distributorships as machinists, quality control technicians, tool makers, and production operators.

  • Local employers include American Metric, BMW, Cryovac, Comp-X, General Electric, Kemet, Magna International, Michelin, Baldor Electric (ABB)

More than 7,000 are employed in these jobs in our area, with median wages of $18.78 per hour.

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What you’ll learn in the program

You’ll learn to

  • shape different types of metals by using hand tools and machine tools such as milling machines, engine lathes, surface grinders and drill presses
  • design and construct precision tools
  • work on real-world machines and projects
  • operate milling machines, engine lathes, surface grinders, drill presses, and other machine tool equipment

Your connection to industry

Greenville Technical College is recognized by Upstate companies as the training source for skilled metalworking professionals. The college’s Machine Tool Technology program meets the academic and skill requirements of Upstate manufacturers such as Drive Automotive, Bosch Rexroth, GE and the National Tooling Association, all of which are Bureau of Apprentice and Training (BAT) approved.

Program details and courses

Machine Tool Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program, which trains students to shape metal using hand tools and machine tools such as milling machines, engine lathes, surface grinders, drill presses and CNC equipment, meets the academic requirements of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association Apprentice Program.

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Basic Machine Operations
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate program trains students in basic machine tool operations and the use of precision measuring instruments for entry-level production machine operator positions.

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Center for Manufacturing Innovation

CMI logoAdvanced courses in CNC, Machine Tool and Mechatronics are taught at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), located on the Millennium Campus adjacent to CU-ICAR at I-85 and Laurens Road. 

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Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Basic Machine Operations and  Metalworking Apprenticeship (frozen program).


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.