CNC/Tool and Die Technologies

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Program Number: 32-444-2
Technical Diploma (2 year)
Campus: West Bend, Note: This program starts in Fall semester only.
This program is eligible for financial aid

The use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools is increasing throughout the manufacturing industry. Moraine Park’s CNC Tool and Die Technologies diploma prepares students for an in-demand and highly-skilled career in manufacturing with the opportunity to advance quickly.

About the Program

The CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program prepares students to build and run mold dies and stamping dies; and perform advanced milling, drilling and lathe work. Students also practice precision surface grinding, precision measurement, and heat treating.

Courses in the CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program focus on programming and operation of CNC machine tools, including; coordinate measuring machines (CMM), vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, electrical discharge machines (EDM), tooling and work holding, as well as, three-dimensional computer-aided machining.

Upon completion of the program, students will have completed all of their related training for the State of Wisconsin Tool and Die Technologies apprenticeship program.

Skilled machinists and tool and die makers are in great demand across the manufacturing industry. Workers in this field have the opportunity to quickly advance their careers as they gain experience and skill.

What You'll Learn

Through hands-on training, students in the CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program learn entry-level CNC machine programming, blueprint reading, two and three-dimensional computer-aided machining, computer aided design (CAD), set up and operate molding and stamping presses and use of high precision measuring equipment.

CNC/Tool and Die Technologies students gain hands-on experience by being involved in every phase of the manufacturing process. Students work from blueprints and CAD data to program equipment and inspect machined parts to exact tolerances.

Graduates of the CNC/Tool and Die Technologies program will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to interpret part and material specifications, set up and operate various machine tools, use CAD/CAM software, and program CNC machine tools at the machine as well as use offline computer systems relating to a job shop or tool and die environment.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Additional Information

Students must purchase tool kits for this program.


Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn college credit outside the classroom through Moraine Park’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) opportunities. Credit opportunities are available for:

  •   Previous college coursework from prior institutions
  •   Military training and experience
  •   Passing of MPTC or national exams
  •   Skills or knowledge developed on the job or through other life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $146.20 per credit (resident)
  • $219.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $4.50 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $12.50 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $10 minimum per credit Online Course Fee (Fee suspended for 2023-2024)
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
439-307 Basic Machining 3
439-308 Manual Manufacturing 3
439-399 2D CAD Mold and Die Print Reading 2
444-302 CNC Controls 2
444-350 Basic Programming 3
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
890-101 College 101 2
Semester 2
439-306 Basic Machining - Turning 2
439-314 EDM Control Operations 1
444-311 Tooling and Workholding 2
444-340 Beginning CAM - Mastercam 2
444-342 Advanced CAM 2D 2
444-346 Design for 3D Machining 2
444-355 CNC Machining Center Programming 2
444-365 CNC Machining Center Operation 2
804-361 Occupational Mathematics 2 2
Semester 3
439-324 Pierce and Die Making 3
439-329 Industrial Die Making 3
444-312 Product Engineering - Lean Manufacturing 1
444-343 Beginning CAM 3D 2
444-344 Advanced CAM 3D 2
444-375 Turning Center Operation 2
444-385 Turning Center Programming 2
Semester 4
439-334 Single Cavity Mold Making 3
439-339 Industrial Mold Making 3
444-313 Product Manufacturing 2
444-386 Advanced Machining Center 2
444-391 Coordinate Measuring Machine 3
444-394 Advanced Turning Center 2
801-310 Occupational Communication 1
 Total Credits66

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools
  • Perform advanced tool, die, and mold operations


Earn a certificate and a technical diploma along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Career Opportunities

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Toolmaker
  • CNC Setup
  • CNC Machinist
  • Stamping Die Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Metrologist
  • Jig and Fixture Maker
  • CMM Operator/Programmer
  • Graduates have advancement opportunities with additional work experience or education

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates