Precision Machining Technology

Machinists are needed to create automotive parts, windmill parts, military equipment, medical equipment and many other parts that have precise components. If you like working with your hands and making things that most others can't, Precision Machining may be the program for you!

Thanks to the new global economy, innovative technologies, entrepreneurship and federal and state initiatives, manufacturing is forever changed, and machinists are in great demand. Today's careers in this field are exciting, cutting-edge and filled with endless possibilities. Manufacturing is fast becoming a laboratory environment with employees tracking production, working in quality teams and using sophisticated computer applications.

In this program, students will learn to operate manual and computerized drills, lathes, mills and grinders. Some will use Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software programs. Computer Numerical Control, or CNC machines are also used in this program. This is an automation method used that allows for precise tolerances, near-perfect copies and extremely quick design and manufacturing.

View the Articulated Credit Sheet for Precision Machining Technology.

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course

Precision Machining Technology – Year 1

National Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Michigan Career Pathway: Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

Instructor

Enrique “Rick” Castañeda
517.244.1376

Randall Easterling, Instructional Assistant
517-244-1325

Types of Credit

Fourth year math credit WTC; awarded by sending school

Second year World Language credit

Articulation Agreements         

Lansing Community College
Ferris 
State University
Northern 
Michigan University

Special Requirements/Program Prerequisites

  • Good attendance
  • Good basic math skills
  • First year algebra (suggested)
  • Long pants at all times NO SHORTS
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times
  • No ear buds
  • Hard-soled shoes covering the whole foot must be worn at all times

Wilson Talent center supports all students by providing many universal accommodations including but not limited to the following:

  • Extended time to finish assignments and tests.
  • Notes taken from lectures and presentations may be used on tests (excluding safety tests).
  • Tests scoring below 70 percent may be retaken.
  • Text to speech software and head phones are provided.
  • Restroom breaks as needed.
  • Alternate settings for tests.
  • One on one help for tests and assignments.

Program Description

The opportunities for students in the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program include: learn to interpret blueprints and learn the skilled craft of precision machining needed not only in the automotive and aircraft industry but also in the manufacturing of medical implants and instruments. Manufacturing is becoming more highly technical and is fast becoming a laboratory environment with employees tracking production, working in quality teams, using sophisticated computer applications, technical reading and academic skills, as well as problem solving, and teamwork skills. Students will learn to operate sophisticated manual and computerized drills, lathes, mills, and grinders using CAM, Computer- Aided Manufacturing software programs. Students can prepare for a career in precision machining and/or continue their education after high school in technical school or college. Students may qualify for college credit.

Career exploration, employability skills, technology skills, and the academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in advanced education are integrated into the program curriculum.

Course Topics (Two Year Program)

  • Shop, Personal, and Equipment Safety
  • Bench Work, Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Layout
  • Blueprint Reading – Includes GD&T
  • Machinery’s Handbook
  • Metrology – Includes SPC
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Resume/Portfolios
  • Metallurgy
  • Power Saws
  • Grinders
  • Drill Press
  • Manual Lathe
  • Manual Mill
  • Surface Grinder
  • Quality Assurance
  • Shop Floor (Intuitive) Programming
  • CNC Programming
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • CNC Lathe
  • CNC Mill
  • OSHA 10 hour General Safety Certificate (Blended Learning)

Exit Outcomes

  • Students will operate sophisticated manual and computerized drills, lathes, mills, and grinders using CAM, Computer-Aided Manufacturing software programs.
  • Students prepare for a career in precision machining and/or continue their education after high school in technical school or college.
  • Students may qualify for college credit.
  • Students will participate in career exploration, learn employability skills, technology skills, and the academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in advanced education are integrated into the program curriculum.
  • Students in the PMT program may participate in two student organizations, Skills USA and Michigan Industrial Technical Education Society.

Work Based Learning Opportunities

  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Job shadow

Grading Policy

Item Points/Percentage
Work Habits (includes attendance) 35%
Academic 30%
Lab 35%
Total: 100%
  • Work Habits: Points based upon your attitude, quality, professionalism, motivation, resources, and attendance.
  • Academic (Tests, quizzes, and Worksheet grades): Your instructor may choose to give you a grade for all classroom work you take for the program.
  • Lab (Project Grades): You will be given a grade for every completed project that you work on. This project may be an assignment that you made with hand tools, power tools, machinery, or class group project.

A = 93-100%

B  = 83-86%

C = 73-76%

D = 63-66%

A- = 90-92%

B- = 80-82%

C- = 70-72%

D- = 60-62%

B+ = 87-89%

C+ = 77-79%

D+ = 67-69%

E  = 59 or below

Student Code of Conduct

Good student conduct is important for maintaining a healthy course environment.  Students enrolled in the Precision Machining/CAM program are expected to:

  • Exercise self-control
    • Use courteous language
    • Resolve conflict in a mature manner
    • Be appropriately dressed and groomed
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Take a leadership role
    • Be polite
    • Be cooperative
  • Respect the rights and feelings of others
    • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt others
    • Treat others with courtesy and respect (i.e., put oneself in the place of the other person, whether that person is another student, teacher, parent/guardian, community person, administrator, lunchroom or custodial worker, or any other person on campus)
  • Take responsibility for school property
    • Respect the building, grounds, and property
    • Conserve resources in the classroom and lab
  • Support the learning process
    • Attend all classes regularly and on time
    • Be prepared for class (i.e., bring assignments, books, and supplies)
    • Listen carefully to instructions
    • Participate in class activities
    • Blended Learning Opportunities by completing homework and spending more time in the lab

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course

Precision Machining Technology – Year 2

National Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Michigan Career Pathway: Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

Instructor

Enrique “Rick” Castañeda
517.244.1376

Randall Easterling,  Instructional Assistant
517.244.1325

Types of Credit

Fourth year math credit WTC; awarded by sending school

Second year World Language credit

Articulation Agreements              

Lansing Community College
Ferris State University
Northern Michigan University

Special Requirements/Program Prerequisites

  • Good attendance
  • Good basic math skills
  • First year algebra (suggested)
  • Long pants at all times NO SHORTS
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times
  • No ear buds
  • Hard-soled shoes covering the whole foot must be worn at all times

Wilson Talent center supports all students by providing many universal accommodations including but not limited to the following:

  • Extended time to finish assignments and tests.
  • Notes taken from lectures and presentations may be used on tests (excluding safety tests).
  • Tests scoring below 70 percent may be retaken.
  • Text to speech software and head phones are provided.
  • Restroom breaks as needed.
  • Alternate settings for tests.
  • One on one help for tests and assignments.

Program Description

The opportunities for students in the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program include: learn to interpret blueprints and learn the skilled craft of precision machining needed not only in the automotive and aircraft industry but also in the manufacturing of medical implants and instruments. Manufacturing is becoming more highly technical and is fast becoming a laboratory environment with employees tracking production, working in quality teams, using sophisticated computer applications, technical reading and academic skills, as well as problem solving, and teamwork skills. 2nd Year students will program and setup CNC Lathes and Mills, Create CNC programs using SOLIDWORKS CAD/CAM manufacturing software. Students can prepare for a career in precision machining and/or continue their education after high school in technical school or college. Students may qualify for college credit and or national machine tool certification through the National Institute for Metalworking standards.

Career exploration, employability skills, technology skills, and the academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in advanced education are integrated into the program curriculum.

Course Topics (2nd Year Returning Students)

  • Shop, Personal, and Equipment Safety
  • Bench Work, Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Layout
  • Blueprint Reading – Includes GD&T
  • Machinery’s Handbook
  • Metrology – Includes SPC
  • Advanced manual lathe and mill projects
  • Resume/Portfolios
  • Metallurgy
  • SOLIDWORKS Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Software
  • Milling Tips and Techniques
  • CNC Mill programming exercises
  • CNC Mill setup and operation exercises
  • Lathe Tips and techniques
  • CNC Lathe programming exercises
  • CNC Lathe setup and operation exercises
  • ACU-RITE MillPWR G2 Shop Floor (Intuitive) Programming
  • CNC Mill and Lathe operations

Exit Outcomes

Students will operate sophisticated manual and computerized drills, lathes, mills, and grinders using SOLIDWORKS computer aided manufacture software programs:

  • Students prepare for a career in precision machining and/or continue their education after high school in technical school or college.
  • Students may qualify for college credit and or national machine tool certification through the National Institute for Metalworking Standards.
  • Students will participate in career exploration, learn employability skills, technology skills, and the academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in advanced education are integrated into the program curriculum.
  • Students in the PMT program may participate in two student organizations, Skills USA and Michigan Industrial Technical Education Society.

Work Based Learning Opportunities

  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Job shadow
  • Work Based Learning (Paid)

Grading Policy

Item Points/Percentage
Work Habits (includes attendance) 35%
Academic 30%
Lab 35%
Total: 100%

Work Habits: Points based upon your attitude, quality, professionalism, motivation, resources, and attendance.

  • Academic (Tests, quizzes, and Worksheet grades): Your instructor may choose to give you a grade for all classroom work you take for the program.
  • Lab (Project Grades): You will be given a grade for every completed project that you work on. This project may be an assignment that you made with hand tools, power tools, machinery, or class group project.

A = 93-100%

B  = 83-86%

C = 73-76%

D = 63-66%

A- = 90-92%

B- = 80-82%

C- = 70-72%

D- = 60-62%

B+ = 87-89%

C+ = 77-79%

D+ = 67-69%

E  = 59 or below

Student Code of Conduct

Good student conduct is important for maintaining a healthy course environment.  Students enrolled in the Precision Machining/CAM program are expected to:

  • Exercise self-control
    • Use courteous language
    • Resolve conflict in a mature manner
    • Be appropriately dressed and groomed
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Take a leadership role
    • Be polite
    • Be cooperative
  • Respect the rights and feelings of others
    • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt others
    • Treat others with courtesy and respect (i.e., put oneself in the place of the other person, whether that person is another student, teacher, parent/guardian, community person, administrator, lunchroom or custodial worker, or any other person on campus)
  • Take responsibility for school property
    • Respect the building, grounds, and property
    • Conserve resources in the classroom and lab
  • Support the learning process
    • Attend all classes regularly and on time
    • Be prepared for class (i.e., bring assignments, books, and supplies)
    • Listen carefully to instructions
    • Participate in class activities
    • Blended Learning Opportunities by completing homework and spending more time in the lab

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