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Machine Tool Technology
Machine Tool Technology
Career Opportunities and Work Life

With an education in machine tool technology, you have a wide variety of possible careers from which to choose in this high-tech industry including:

  • Machining tool operators
  • Tool and die maker
  • Machinist
  • CNC programmer
  • Mold maker
  • CNC operator
  • Machine builder

Work Environment
Machining tool professionals may work in a noisy environment (machine shops) that may require earplugs. Work gloves and safety gear is required for handling the machines and chemicals. This industry is relying more and more on computers and new technology. Typically machining tool operators work a 40-hour workweek, but heavy production periods or individual companies may call for shift work or overtime.

Job Outlook
The U.S. Department of Labor is expecting 7 percent increase by 2020. As manufacturing industries invest in new equipment, they rely on skilled tool and die, and metal workers to make the equipment work properly. There is also an increasing demand for computer-controlled machine tool (CNC) operators as they replace older mechanical machines.

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