The Machine Tool Technology diploma is designed to prepare students to enter the machine tool trade. The first year of Machine Tool Technology training is used to explain the nature and purpose of the machine trade. The student is introduced to tools, materials, equipment, and trade terms and develops the skills to do the job. The student receives advanced precision machining skills using machines such as the computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and turning centers, wire and sinking EDM's, precision surface grinders, CAD/CAM software, and other shop equipment. Blueprint reading is also learned. Students become acquainted with a variety of metals and learn how to use the various types of cutting tools. Use of precise measuring tools and making accurate setups on manual lathes, vertical milling machines, surface grinders, CNC machines, and other various shop equipment is also taught.
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Persons interested in the Machine Tool Technology program would find high school courses in mathematics, metals, machine shop, drafting and computer programming to be beneficial; however, they are not required. Mechanical aptitude and interest are very important. Men or women who want to become skilled craftspeople and have individual creative abilities would find Machine Tool Technology to be a very valuable course of study.