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Industrial & Performance Machining (formerly Machine Tool Technology)

Industrial & Performance Machining

A two-year program based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards and related curriculum.

  • Core components of the program are Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) training
  • Students learn to use computers for CAD/CAM, Solid Works, Master CAM, CNC programming and operation, operation of conventional equipment, and G-Code Programming
  • Students learn advanced math such as geometry and trigonometry
  • Heavy emphasis is placed on high tech equipment, programming, and precision machining of component parts for automobiles, performance vehicles, industrial machines, and more.
  • Students learn computer competency in relation to machining and manufacturing, career management, employee relations, teamwork, interpersonal relations, communication skills, and social skills
  • In addition to strong ties with industry partners, this program will prepare you for a career working with performance vehicles as well as traditional industrial machining positions.
  • All students are given the opportunity to participate in a Work-Based Learning experience, which exposes them to the operation of a business and specific job duties related to future careers.

Curriculum Includes: 

  • Computer design and programming
  • Safety 
  • Job planning and management
  • Blueprint reading
  • Quality control and inspection
  • Process adjustment and improvement
  • General equipment maintenance
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • Engineering drawings and sketches
  • Precision measurement
  • Metalworking theory
  • Word address component codes

Certifications and Endorsements: 
Students may take the National Standards test (NOCTI) exam at the end of their senior year to earn national accreditation.

Internships and Work Based Learning:

Each CTE program has a Work-Based Learning experience. This means that all students prior to the end of the second year are given the opportunity to be exposed to the operation of a business and specific job duties related to careers in their CTE area. This internship is designed to connect the skills and knowledge learned in the CTE classroom with the real world requirements of a business. Students must demonstrate good attendance, attitude, internship records, and work ethics, as well as respect for others and property.


Articulation Agreements:

CTE has worked with area colleges to ready students for the world of work and for the rigors of post-secondary coursework. This program worked with area colleges to obtain articulation agreements that allow for advance standing or the issuance of credit to those CTE students meeting all program requirements and articulation agreement standards. The colleges WSWHE BOCES has an articulation agreement with for this program are:

  • Alfred State College

Future Possibilities

Students who successfully complete the program are qualified for these well-paying jobs, salary range $12-$25/hour: 

  • Machine Operator
  • Entry-level machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Set-up
  • Programmer
  • Machinist Apprentice

Employment opportunities requiring more skill and further education: 

  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production Manager


The video below gives a great overview of the program. It was produced prior to the new name, Industrial & Performance Machining. A new video emphasizing the performance aspect of this program will be posted in February 2023.

For more information related to Career Opportunities, please visit: CareerZone and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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