Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology Program at CEI will provide training to prepare entry-level employees to operate machine tools such as mills, lathes, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, precision measuring tools, and related attachments and accessories to perform machining functions. This will include tasks such as cutting, drilling, shaping, and finishing products and components. Graduates will understand CNC terminology, setup, programming, operations, troubleshooting, blueprint reading, CAD/CAM systems, and applicable regulations and laws.

For more detailed information: Machine Tool Admissions Handout

This program may be right for you if you

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints
  • Oversee the use and care of machines
  • Know tools and materials used in modern manufacturing
  • Craftsmanship
  • Orientation toward safety


What do our students learn?

  • Operate a variety of mechanical and computer-controlled equipment to produce precision products
  • Read mechanical prints and computer (CAD, CAM, etc.) files
  • Use CNC and manual machines to turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind parts to specified tolerances
  • Draft and produce parts on multiple 3D printers
  • Design and manufacture a variety of products using 3D solid modeling software

Why CEI's Machine Tool Technology program?

  • Lowest cost statewide in Idaho
  • 9:1 Student-to-teacher ratio
  • Hands-on learning


How Long Will it Take?

  • Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC):
    • 2 full-time semesters (10 months)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS):
    • 4 full-time semesters (22 months) including 5 general education classes

Where are our Graduates Working?

  • Manufacturing industry
  • Food processing plants
  • Construction companies
  • Idaho National Lab
  • Fabrication facilities


How much do our graduates make?

Annual mean wage for the Idaho Falls area is $46,486 (based on statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016)



This program is new and requires more time to get accurate employment data from our graduates


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