The Machining Lab area of the RMTC.


Every sector of industry is dependent upon people with specialized machining technology training in such areas as automotive, aerospace, medical supply, furniture, metals/metal products, plastics, machinery and renewable energy. These highly skilled experts work with designers and engineers to make fixtures, dies, molds, gauges and other industry-specific parts which support the manufacturing process.

The Industrial Machining Technology program at Kellogg Community College prepares students with hands-on skills to create precision components and reach the high quality and accuracy standards demanded of machinists.

KCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in Industrial Machining Technology, as well as the more generalized Trades certificate and associate degree geared towards company-sponsored students.

Course Sequences

Unlike traditional academic courses, the offerings in KCC’s Industrial Machining Technology program consist of short modules that are components of larger units. Modules are often less than one credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from 1 to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

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Industrial Machining Technology Course Sequence


Unit Title Credits
Unit 05 Machine Tool Basics 0.17
Unit 10 Machine Tool Safety 0.17
Unit 15 Blueprint Reading 1.16
Unit 20 Fundamental Skills 1.98
Unit 25 Precision Measurement 2.75
Unit 30 Drill Press and Band Saw 2.51
Unit 35 Turning on Lathe 4.61
Unit 40 Electronic Discharge Machining 0.79
Unit 45 Vertical/Horizontal Milling 5.84
Unit 50 Surface Grinding 2.75
Unit 55 Cylindrical Grinding 1.50
Unit 65 CNC Programming and Machining 6.25
Unit 70 Machine Tool Projects 5.58
Unit 75 Mastercam 4.50
Full Module Listings
RMTC Summer 2024 Fall 2024

Tool & Die Modules

Our Tool and Die modules are designed for company-sponsored students who are working as machinists or toolmakers. Our Tool and Die instructor will work with the student or company to find specific modules within the Tool and Die curriculum which will best serve the student’s individual needs. Students will learn how to heat-treat steel and how to design and make jigs, fixtures, gauges, dies and molds.

View the Tool and Die cost sheets for Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 for a complete listing of modules and their costs, or contact program instructor Jason Moore.

Note: Summer availability varies.

Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for Industrial Machining careers in Michigan, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer opportunities are available for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial Machining Technology students include Ferris State University, Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.

For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact our academic advising department.

Machining Technology Contacts

Brandon McAllister

Brandon McAllister

Instructional Assistant, Industrial Trades, Machining and Welding

Jason Moore

Jason Moore

Faculty, Machining Technology