Computerized (CNC) Precision Machining Technology

Learn precision skills that lead to employment.


In the Southeast Technical CNC program, you’ll learn the precision skills of the tool and die maker on state-of-the-art equipment.

The Computerized (CNC, Computer Numeric Controlled) Precision Machining Technology program at Southeast Technical offers the training and education you’ll need for a rewarding career in the field of precision manufacturing.

In the CNC program (also known as the tool and die program), you’ll begin with the basic fundamentals of manual machining and then progressively build your skills. You will learn blueprint reading, precision measuring and inspection methods, metallurgy, CAD design, CNC programming and the principles of die and mold making.

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

Major Offerings

  • Basic Machinist (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 33 cr
  • Computerized (CNC) Precision Machining Technology (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 64 cr

  • Machining Basics (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 16 cr


Watch Machine Tool & Die: 3D Machining, a student-made video, on the
Southeast Technical YouTube channel!

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.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 100%
Estimated Program Costs

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 between MnSCU colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

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 Southeast Technical) Tool and Die Program, now known as Computerized (CNC) Precision Machining Technology. 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.
  • Paul Sorenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Winona State University, 1987 a Machine Tool Diploma from WWTI LaCrosse, 1977 and a Welding Diploma from WWTI LaCrosse, 1984. His work experience includes Tool & Die Maker (Journeyman), CNC Machinist/Welder (Certified) Quality Assurance and Custom Training instructor.

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