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 CMTE 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.

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

Washburn University

FHTC students who have graduated from the Computerized Machine Tool Engineering program may pursue The Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Washburn University to extend their education and training. Students earning the BAS degree complete a major in Technology Administration.

Ron Cahoone

Ron Cahoone

Ron began his teaching career at FHTC in 1995. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years as a machinist for several companies in the Emporia area. Since Ron began as an instructor, the program has continued to evolve with new equipment and techniques to meet the standards of the industry.

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