The Machining Technology program has been revised due to a state-wide curriculum project that addressed new technologies in the machining industry. The new name and new curriculum is now Computer Integrated Machining.
Computer Integrated Machining is a great career with a bright future. The machining profession is the backbone of today’s industry. Every product and every production line requires precision parts produced by skilled machinists.
The Computer Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students to work in modern manufacturing facilities. Students of this program learn to manufacture mechanical components using a variety of modern metal working machines. These machines range from basic, manually operated band saws to state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools.
In addition, students learn to read and understand mechanical blueprints, along with basic machining skills, and use computer-aided manufacturing software to program CNC milling and turning machines.
Course work includes blueprint reading, basic machining applications, production procedures, computer-aided manufacturing, CNC machine tool programming and operation, math, English, and physics.
Most students are hired before graduation day. Entry-level machinists' wages average $14 to $16 per hour or about $29,000 to $33,000 annually and with experience comes rapid advancement. Employment opportunities for entry-level machinists exist in manufacturing industries, public institutions, governmental agencies, and in a wide range of specialty machining job shops.