Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do at the Career Center in Precision Machining?
We learn how to make tools, parts, and products out of different metals using a number of highly acccurate, precision machines and measuring devices. For example,machinists make parts for cars, planes, motorcycles, tanks, molds, and much more. We make parts for just about anything. We make our own tools, C-Clamps, tap blocks, drill gauges and more. We learn how to use large powerful machines about which most people have never heard.
What tools/machines do you get to use?
We use hand tools such as files, hammers, center punches, squares and scribes. Then as you progress, the drillpress, lathes, mills, grinders, and CNC machine become available to you.
Do you have a lot fun in this class?
It is definitely more fun than sitting in a classroom because you get to use your mind and hands to make a precision part on machines and have lots of fun along the way.
Are there jobs in the future in this field?
Yes, and they re increasing in number and wage. Just starting out, the range could be anywhere from $8-9 an hour. Experienced machinist could make up to $20-30 an hour.
How soon can you get a job?
You can get a job while you’re still in high school, just not full time.
What is the objective of the class?
The main objective of the class is to prepare for real world employment and/or college as well as better yourself in the tool trade, and manufacturing industry.
What is the most challenging part about this class?
This program includes Applied Mathenatics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. It's better to lean how to apply those methods here, rather than on the job and you have support along the way.