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Sauk Academic programs

Machine Tool Operator

(H96) Certificate

Graduates of this program will be qualified as skilled machinists and will be prepared to work in various machine trades.

Work and Employment

Skilled machinists use their knowledge of mechanics to turn a piece of metal into a precisely machined part for automobiles, aircraft or other equipment. Lathes, drill presses, milling and grinding machines and other tools shape the metal to precise dimensions. The workers plan and set up the correct sequence of machine operations according to blueprints, layouts, or other instructions. They adjust speed, feed and other controls, and select the proper instruments or tools for each operation. Machinists plan and carry out all the steps necessary to make a final product.

Special Considerations

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: work independently, accurately and carefully; follow directions closely; show mechanical and mathematical aptitude, patience, and ability to concentrate on detail.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Counseling Office, 815/835-6208.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2016-17 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 30 credit hours.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Tuition $3,330.00 $9,600.00 $10,410.00
Fees $350.00 $350.00 $350.00
Course Fees * $722.00 * $722.00 * $722.00
Total Tuition and Fees $4,402.00 $10,672.00 $11,482.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.