The Machine Trades Technology program teaches fundamental and complex processes associated with conventional and computerized numerical control machining. Also applied are the technical aspects of blueprint reading and mathematics with machine shop practice. Exercises, projects, and actual jobs are explained and demonstrated before the students have to complete them. Things that will be stressed during demonstrations and lectures include involvement in bench work, use of layout work instructions, heat treat methods, inspection procedures, shop maintenance procedures, and other special information. The program is opened to all high-school students.
Students in this program will have the opportunity to set up and operate a variety of conventional (drill presses, etc.) and computerized numeric control (lathes and vertical milling) machines. Instruction includes the use of measuring tools, hand tools, gauges, instruments, etc. Throughout the program in the design preparation and setup of various jobs to be machined the applications of arithmetic and blueprint reading is stressed. Related theory acquaints students with characteristics of metals, action of metal cutting tools, cutting speeds and feeds, etc. Safety procedures are an important part of this shop. Safety education and standards of protection will be required.
Some of the skills a student will be learning about are measurements & blue printing, pedestal grinder, lathe, horizontal milling machine, vertical milling machine, drill press, bench work, horizontal bend saw, surface grinder, indexing, oils, coolants, and solvents, vertical bend saw, heat treatment, job safety, computerized numeric control - vertical milling machine, computerized numeric control - lathe.
Related Occupations and Earnings:
Related occupations include Machinists, CNC Programmers and Tool & Die Maker. Earnings range between $13-$22/hour.