Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

CNC Machine Tool

Learn precision skills that lead to employment.


In the Minnesota State College Southeast CNC Machine Tool program, you'll learn the precision skills of the tool and die maker on state-of-the-art equipment.

The CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Machine Tool program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona offers the training and education you'll need for a rewarding career in the field of precision computerized machining and manufacturing.

In CNC Machine Tool (also known as tool and die), you will learn the basic fundamentals of precision machining by working with engineering drawings, CAD/CAM software, computer controlled mills, lathes, and EDM machines. We emphasize learning the basic skills in machining technology and progressing to the development of advanced CNC machining and programming skills.

Our program is based on the philosophy that hands-on is the best way to learn machining and die making. The CNC Machine Tool program teaches the high level of technically advanced machining that modern industry requires.

Major Offerings

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Be employable at entry level machining jobs in related fields.
  2. Use the basic skill and knowledge of machine shop operations in manual and CNC machining to produce parts to blueprint specifications.
  3. Demonstrate safe work habits.
  4. Clearly communicate through verbal and written skills.
  5. Use the math and computer skills necessary in the machine trades.

CNC Machine Tool Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

  • Micro Machining
  • Medical Machining
  • Moldmaker
  • Diemaker
  • Toolmaker
  • CNC Machinist
  • Production Machinist
  • General Machinist

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • 20+ stations of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) programming software available for student training
  • 70% of coursework is hands-on
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines offers wire electrical discharge machining (edm), turning and milling technology
  • Focus is on keeping up with the technology used in industry
  • Employment opportunities are abundant locally as well as regionally


  • Roger Holland graduated in 1976 from the Winona Area Technical Institute (now Minnesota State College Southeast) Tool and Die Program, now known as CNC Machine Tool. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Design from Western Wisconsin Technical College and a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. Roger's experience includes: Tool & Die Maker, CNC programmer, Drafting & Design Technician and Training & Education Coordinator for Trane Air Conditioning Company, La Crosse, WI.
  • CNC Machine Tool instructor Rick Hengel comes to Minnesota State College Southeast with 34 years of experience in industry and 14 years of experience in management and supervision. He has been involved with the CNC Machine Tool Technology advisory committee for more than 10 years. He assisted in designing the curriculum and launching the certificate in Prototype Engineering for high school students, which he began teaching in 2017.

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