•  Machine Technology

    Machine Technology


    Class Time: Mondays & Wednesdays from 5 pm - 8 pm


    This one-year program is offered to adult students 17 or older not enrolled in high school. Students attend evenings at Erie High School taking Machine Technology. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a certificate in Machine Technology with NIMS, Tooling-U, OSHA 10 and soft skills certifications.


    Work in the machine tool trades incorporates a high degree of precision in the creation of various parts, fixtures and products utilized in the industry. Once primarily a metalworking trade, tool and die machining is now included in the plastics and wood industries. Almost all products used today have been influenced by the tool and die industry. From design specification and drawings, skilled workers in the tool and die/machine trades utilize power machining tools, hand tools, and computer-driven machines to create desired products.


    Machine Tool Technology/Machinist: CIP Code 48.0501 
    This is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of shaping metal parts. Instruction involves making computations relating to work dimensions, tooling and feeds and speeds of machining. Emphasis is placed upon bench work and the operation of lathes, power saws, shapers, milling machines, grinders, drills and computer operated equipment (CNC and CIM). Instruction also includes the use of precision measuring instruments such as layout tools, micrometers and gauges; methods of machining and heat treatment of various metals; blueprint reading; and the layout of machine parts. Instruction prepares students to operate all types of hand and computer controlled machines. 

    Introduction – Program of Study

    Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers, to produce precision metal parts with manual and cnc machining. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or unique items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.


    Some machinists, often called production machinists, may produce large quantities of one part, especially parts requiring the use of complex operations and great precision. Frequently, machinists work with computer control programmers to determine the manner in which the automated equipment will cut.


    Because the technology of machining is changing rapidly, machinists must learn to operate a wide range of machines. Some newer machines use lasers, water jets, or electrified wires to cut the product. While some of the computer controls are similar to other machine tools, machinists must understand the unique cutting properties of these different machines. As engineers create new types of machine tools and new materials to machine, machinists must constantly learn new machining properties and techniques.


    Many machinists work a 40 hour week. Evening and weekend shifts are becoming more common as companies extend hours of operation to make better use of expensive machines.


    Apprenticeship programs consist of paid shop training and related classroom instruction. In shop training, apprentices may work full time and are supervised by an experienced machinist while learning to operate various machine tools. Classroom instruction includes math, physics, materials science, blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, and quality and safety practices. Apprenticeship classes are often taught in cooperation with local community colleges or vocational technical schools. Many entrants previously have worked as machine setters, operators, or tenders.


    Training facilities, state apprenticeship boards, and colleges are implementing curricula that incorporate national skills standards developed by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). After completing such a curriculum and passing practical and written exams, trainees are granted a certificate, recognized as a NIMS credential. Completing a recognized certification program provides a machinist with better career opportunities and helps employers to better judge the abilities of new hires. Journeyman certification can be obtained from state apprenticeship boards after completing an apprenticeship.


    Assumptions of this Program of Study

    1. Promote positive working relationships.

    2. Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of skill development.

    3. Use appropriate and effective teaching approaches.

    4. Provide ongoing assessments of student progress.

    5. Employ and support qualified teaching staff.

    6. Establish and maintain relationships and use resources of the community.

    7. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment.

    8. Implement strong program organization and supervision policies that result in high quality teaching and learning.

    9. Integrate academic skills and aptitudes necessary for postsecondary education, gainful employment and a foundation of lifelong learning.