Precision Machining Program
Students invent, design, and manufacture tools and components for a wide range of production while learning how to use advanced computer controlled technology, 3D printing, and traditional machining skills. Project based learning includes training in MasterCAM and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English); on track to graduate.
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 2 CTE and 1 Math Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- St. Louis Community College - 5 credits
- Ranken Technical College and State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) – Measurement, Materials & Safety Certification, Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout Certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 25% or less 75% or more CTE Year Two 25% or less 75% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hand tools
- Metal cutting lathes
- Milling machines
- Bench grinder
- Drill press
- Power tools
- Dial calipers
- MasterCAM and AutoCAD software
- Precision Machining Technology
- Machinists’ Ready Reference
- Machinery Handbook
- Leather work shoes or boots (steel-toed not required)
- Long pants
- Safety glasses must be worn in the lab at all times
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
- Have knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry as well as their application; understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement
- Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
- Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
- Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position
- Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects
- Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine to exact positions
- The strength to tighten and loosen machine accessories to the appropriate torque specification
- Ability to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
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Mr. Smith has been the Instructor for Precision Machining at North Tech since 2001. After graduation from Ranken with an Associate of Science in Precision Machining Technology, Brett began working as a Tool and Diemaker apprentice at Ehrhardt Tool & Machine where he completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman. As well as the Associate of Science degree, he also has an Associate of Arts degree from Southwestern Illinois College.