Machine Tool Technology (MTT)

The Machine Tool and Technology program at Lawson State is designed to teach students the skills needed to begin a career as a Machine Tool Technician. Students in the program learn theory and experience hands-on opportunities in safety, blueprint reading, mills, lathes, and precision measurement.

Machine Tool Technology

Machinists cut, turn, mill, drill, grind, sand, and shape parts to specified sketches and drawings. Each machined part must meet precision dimensions and tolerances. There are several jobs related to Machine Tool Technology listed in the Department of Labor Occupational Handbook. The main two career paths are Tool and Die Makers and Machinists. Both of these careers are in high demand in Alabama and have higher than average wages. The MTT program offers short certificates for both manual and computer numeric control (CNC) operations.

Employment Potential for Machine Tool Technology

Machinist: Employment for machinist is projected to increase by 10% from 2018 to 2028. 
Tool & Die Employment for machinist is projected to increase by 15% from 2018 to 2028.
Machine Tool Technology is growing much faster in Alabama than nationally.

Wages for Machine Tool Technology

The wages for both Machinists and Tool and Die Makers are higher in Alabama than the national average. Machinists earn an average salary of around $21.50 an hour and Tool and Die Makers earn $26.00 an hour in Alabama.

**Information obtained from the  Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor and O*Net Online. Additional information available at

Benefits of Choosing Lawson State for Your Program

Personal Attention: The student-faculty ratio is only 15:1—one of the more desirable in higher education. At Lawson State Community College, you’ll enjoy extraordinary access to professors, resources, and opportunities.
Opportunities: 100% of graduates in 2021 were employed as machine tool technicians before graduation.

Award Types and Course Listings

The MTT Program offers two short certificates. Click on the provided link for additional information on both short certificates. Both short certificates (Manual and CNC) at Lawson State Community College were designed with the working professional in mind. The focus of the curriculum is to align the outcomes with the needs of industry. Each MTT short certificate can be completed in 1 year. The program also offers Industry-recognized credentials (NC3 Starrett) in precision Measurement.

The Facilities

The machine tool technology program is equipped with industry- standard hands-on laboratory equipment. Students will train on HAAS CNC Mills and Lathes, Bridgeport Mills, Clausing Lathes, and trained and certified on Starrett precision measuring tools.


Dewayne Harris is new to the college and brings with him knowledge of some of the newest technologies, processing techniques, and skills required for employment and advancement in the field Machine Tool Technology. .