The machining industry is one of the highest paying industries in the U.S. today and has a high demand for skilled workers. As a machinist, the student will learn how to read blueprints and use a variety of machine tools to shape metal to precise dimensions. The student will apply knowledge of machine operations, metal properties, layout, precision measurement tools, and machining procedures to create machine parts. Students will become familiar with operations on milling machines, lathes, and surface grinders. Students will also learn to program CNC machines manually as well as using MasterCam Software.

The Precision Machining Technology program has a goal to make each student proficient in the use of basic machinery as well as CNC machinery, while also teaching work ethic and interpersonal skills. Upon completion of this program, the student will know how to be a valuable employee in the machining industry.

Dual Credit Institutions


Students can earn various certifications through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. (NIMS)

Career Paths

Machinist, CNC programmer, CNC operator, Engineering

$40,550 Average Median Annual Salary

$19.50 Average Median Hourly Salary

Career/Technical Student Organization

(Skills USA) Students participate in community service projects, and various skill competitions through Skills USA. Through these activities students develop leadership and organizational skills, team building, interpersonal communications, and enhanced technical skills.