| Design it ......Make it!
Manufacturing across the country is changing and the change is creating many high-paying opportunities for skilled individuals. Much of the current manufacturing workforce will be retiring soon creating openings in high-paying jobs from mechanical engineers to machine operators. Area manufacturers often offer our top students college scholarships and/or free on-the-job training opportunities.
Students in the Precision Machining/Computer Aided Machining (CAM) program will learn to operate conventional mills, lathes, grinders, and drill presses. As students advance through the modules, they learn to program and operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to use Edgecam software and create programs to run on the CNC machines.
The Career Center has some of the most modern manufacturing equipment available in the area, including our state-of-the-art rapid prototyping machine that helps students see what their designs will look like before going into the production lab.
A typical day in the machining lab will involve both classroom time and lab time. Students will be responsible for handing in both bookwork and piecework assignments.
Successful students in this program have above average academic skills, good math skills, are comfortable with technology, pay attention to detail, are mechanically inclined, enjoy working with their hands, are good problems solvers, and are self-motivated.
Math is an important element of the program as students produce work that must meet precise measurements.