Why This Program?
Using lathes, milling machines and spindles, machinists make precision metal parts in machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods, including metalworking and industrial machinery, aircraft, or motor vehicles. Computer-control programmers and operators use computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines to produce large quantities of product.
This program prepares students for entry into machining careers. Machinists produce customized, precision components for machinery. Students learn to read blueprints, utilize precision measurement
tools, and operate machine tools, including drilling machines, lathes, milling machines, saws, grinders, and computer-controlled machines.
1. Operate machine tool equipment commonly found in industry including manual and computer controlled lathes, milling machines, drill presses and cutting machines
2. Manufacture parts from various materials in accordance with specifications from blueprints, electronic drawings and shop sketches
3. Solve quality problems using process planning, technical knowledge, teamwork, mathematics, and critical thinking
4. Apply safety principles in a work environment to minimize hazards and prevent losses to productivity
5. Demonstrate employability skills needed to obtain and retain employment in machine tool and related fields