Our programs prepare you for jobs that employers are trying to fill — both locally and nationally. While many young people are finding it difficult to move forward with their careers, CTE graduates find themselves in demand.

Machine Tool Technology

CTE Machine Tool TechnologyA 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
  • Students learn computer competency in relation to machining and manufacturing, career management, employee relations, teamwork, interpersonal relations, communication skills, and social skills
  • 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.


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

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


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