Machining Technologies



Almost every product that we use in our daily lives has been

associated with a machining process of one type or another.

Machine tool operators use power and hand tools to cut, drill,

grind and form metal into a desired shape and size with an

extremely high degree of accuracy. In this course, students

learn to apply relevant mathematical calculations, interpret

engineering drawings and CAD data, use precision metrology

equipment, plan machining processes, specify tooling and

equipment requirements, use machining equipment (including

manual and CNC equipment) and apply metallurgical

processes. Machine tools include lathes, drill presses,

grinding machines, milling machines and computer equipment.


A mechanical aptitude is important. Manual dexterity and

good eye-hand coordination are also recommended.

Mathematical skills, along with an interest in precision work,

patience and the ability to get along with other people are

essential. Much of the machinist’s work is done independently.


·         Introduction to Machining Technologies

·         Measurement and Blueprint Reading

·         Bench Work and Material Science

·         Power Saw and Drill Press Operation

·         Lathes, Milling, Grinders

·         Computerized Numerical Control

·         Safety

·         Blueprint Reading


·         Machinist Apprentice

·         Toolmaker Apprentice

·         Tool and Die Maker

·         Tool Room Clerk

·         Machine Operator (lathe, milling machine, drill press)

·         CNC Setup and Programmer

·         Pattern Maker

·         Machinist

·         Mechanical Engineer

·         Quality Control Inspector

·         Control Inspector

·         Research and Development Analyst

·         Moldmaker


·         Machine Shops/Tool and Die Shops

·         Computer Controlled Precision Machining Facilities

·         Manufacturing Plants

·         Engineering Firms

·         Plastic Injection Plants

·         Aerospace

·         Medicine

·         Automotive Industries


·         National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS)

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