MACHINE SHOP (CIP CODE 48.0501)
Western Area CTC emphasizes both theory and hands-on training for our Machine Shop students, a three-year program which allows students to gain all the skills and knowledge needed for post-secondary training or employment. Students will learn machining skills in accordance with National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students completing our Machining program have a great opportunity for job security because machining is a high priority occupation across the United States.
A few of the areas presented in this technology include troubleshooting, CNC operations, manual machining, Master Cam, and grinding. Although theory is necessary, most of this technology is hands-on learning.
Careers and Initiatives
- Students will have the opportunity to co-op in their senior year providing grades and attendance meet state standards.
- Discover the many career opportunities in the Machine Shop field.
- There are many jobs in Washington and surrounding counties due to the many career opportunities available in the machining industry.
- In 2020, the average wage for a Machinist was $22.62 an hour, $47,040 annually
Post-Secondary Training Options
Included in the schools articulating with Western Area to provide students the opportunity to advance their careers in the machining field are . . .
- California University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Westmoreland Community College
- Robert Morris
- National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.
— CNC Milling-Programming Setup and Operations
— CNC Turning-Programming Setup and Operations
— Machining Level I CNC Milling
— Machining Level I CNC Turning
— Manual Milling
— Manual Turning Between Centers
— Manual Turning with Chucking
— Machining Level I Measurement, Materials and Safety
— Machining Level I Planning, Benchwork and Layout