Machine Tool Technology

Instructor: Tom Milks

Students will get hands-on machining fundamentals,including layout, sawing, drilling, milling, turning, and grinding, with an emphasis on precision. CNC (computer numerical control) programming fundamentals will also be covered. Students study and practice basic machine tool operations of all machines used in industry today.


Learning the CNC lathe


Related Occupations

Automotive machinist, millwright, machine designer, machinist, tool & die maker, CNC operator and/or programmer will all be available to program graduates.


Nature of Work

To machine parts out of metal, plastic, and other materials, from an engineered drawing with extreme accuracy.  The machined part can be used by itself, or used to manufacture other products.



Writing a program in MasterCam



Training & Advancement

High advancement can be achieved, with the completion of any of the post-secondary opportunities available in this area.

Job Outlook

Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Workers familiar with computer software applications and who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.



$10 – $28 per hour starting pay.


Scope & Sequence

Algebra I, Geometry, Trigonometry, Applied Mathematics, Principles of Technology, and Physics will be a major benefit to students entering this program.


Articulation Agreements

This program has an agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology, so students can get advanced class placement without taking the four basic classes again.


Industry Certifications Available through Program

NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills)NIMS - Copy

Additional information about  careers in Machine Tool Technology can be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,