Campus: Mount Joy | CIP Code: 48.0599
Career Focus Statement
Prepare for professional precision metal technology careers, immediate employment, or further education.
All Precision Machining & Computer Aided Manufacturing students will:
- Earn National Skills Certificates: The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certification.
- Successfully transition into a 1st career job and/or related post-secondary training.
- Be proficient in their career major and demonstrate proficiency through hands-on performance and theoretical testing.
A machinist studies and understands the cutting and removal of materials using various cutting and grinding processes. The process of removing material is called machining. A knowledge of material characteristics and the influence of different cutting methods is acquired through hands on and theoretical instruction. A Lathe, Milling Machine, Drill Press, Band Saw and Surface Grinder are the most common machine types used in this program. The use of Precision Measuring equipment, Technical Print reading as well as Mathematical Calculations are common tasks performed in the Machining environment.
The ability to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds and concentrate on exacting detail are all characteristics of a machinist. A machinist should possess strong, organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills. The use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines and additive manufacturing (3D printing) are also studied. Strong computer skills will contribute to the success and advancement of the student.
- Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operator
- CNC Machine Tool Programmer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Industrial Engineer