Machine Tool Technology

NVC’s Machine Tool Technology Program can give you the training needed to set up and operate conventional machine tools and modern machining and turning centers.  The program provides experience in using computers to program modern computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines.  Your coursework will include classes in setting up and operating basic machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, and CNC machines.  Preparation also covers precision measuring skills, blueprint reading, cutting tool design, machine tool operation, and fundamentals of welding, drafting, shop math, photography, and physics.

Career Opportunities

The program can prepare you for a variety of machine tool careers including, but not limited to:

  • CNC operator, using CNC machinery to produce metal or plastic parts
  • CNC programmer, setting up and programming CNC machines
  • Apprentice, serving four years to become a journeyman
  • Journeyman machinist, reading and interpreting blueprints and specification and operating all machine tools to construct and repair metal parts
  • Tool and die maker, using the highest degree of skill in the machinist’s art
  • Automotive machinist
  • Moldmaker for the plastics industry
  • Winery maintenance mechanic
  • Pre-engineering

Contact Information


Career Education and Workforce Development
Building 3300
Phone: (707) 256-7258


Dr. Douglas Marriott
Senior Dean, Career Education and Workforce Development
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA

Program Coordinator

Stan Hitchcock
Program Coordinator, Machine Tool Technology
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7132