Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills that emphasize CNC computerized training in order to place students in modern, high-tech positions.

    Course Description:

    This three-year course provides tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders the skills needed for entry into the machining field through basic hands-on machining practice on lathes, milling machines and grinders. Topics include set-up, tool selection, and methods used on various materials such as steel, aluminum, and brass. Computer-part programming and machine operation are also included in the training. 

    Course Topics:

    Computerized machining

    Manual machining

    Programming software

    Required Supplies:

    Safety glasses


    Hard-soled Work boots

    Scientific calculator


    Machine Trades, 2nd  Edition; David Taylor; 2005.

    Fundamentals of Machine Tool Technology and Manufacturing Processes; C. Thomas Olivo; Tooling U - online

    Machinery’s Handbook, 27th Edition; Erik Oberg; Tooling U - online

    Machinist’s Ready Reference; C. Weingartner; Tooling U - online

    Mastercam X Volume 1 Handbook; San Diego CAD / CAM, Inc.; 2004.

    Haas Mill Operators Manual, 2005

    Haas Lathe Operators Manual; 2005

    Cooperating Companies:

    Caff Company

    Crucible Research

    Davan Manufacturing

    Haas (Gosiger)

    Lincoln Manufacturing – Washington, PA

    Millenium Machine, Inc. – Washington, PA

    Ross Mould – Washington, PA

    Starlite Group, Inc.

    Walter USA 

    Specialized Shop Equipment:

    Computerized lathes

    Computerized mills

    Mastercam parts programming software


    National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) - Machining Level I

    • Turning Between Centers
    • Milling
    • Turning, Chucking
    • CNC Milling                                                   
    • CNC Turning

    Pending - National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) - Machining Level II 

    Articulation Agreements:

    California University of Pennsylvania – Industrial Technology

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Machinist, General

    Westmoreland County Community College – Machine Technology

    Westmoreland County Community College – Computer Numerical Control Technology  

    Post-Secondary Training Options:

    California University of Pennsylvania – Industrial Technology

    Community College of Allegheny County – Machine Shop Technology

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Machine Shop Technology

    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Machine Tool Technology

    Westmoreland County Community College – Machine Technology 

    Potential Careers:

    CNC Machine Operator

    Computer Programmer            


    Machinery Sales                                          


    Mold Maker                    

     Quality Control Technician

    Shop Owner

    Tool and Die Maker 

    Machinist Skills:

    Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

    Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

    Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 

    Wages and Employment Trends:

    Median Wages (2009)                                             $18.10 hourly, $37,650 annually

    Employment (2008)                                                   422,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                              Decline slowly or moderately (-3% to -9%)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                                    55,600 aditional employees