Machine Shop


Program Overview

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.

Machining Skills

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