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The goal of this program is to prepare students for a career as a Precision Machinist whose primary responsibilities are to operate machine tools such as Mills, Lathes, Grinders, & CNC equipment according to blueprint specifications while demonstrating strong academic and employability skills.
Precision Machining begins in the classroom with a focus on equipment and safety regulations, and it introduces the employability and applied academic skills that are incorporated throughout all courses in the program. After students master the classroom introduction and safety test, they will move to the machine shop for hands-on training, including projects to prepare for future employment.
The Precision Machining Program is a 1500-hour, 1.5-year program that consists of four courses. Some basic skills and knowledge from the first course, Machinist Helper, must be completed first. From there, students will take course segments from the Machinist Helper and Machine Operator courses, so as to maximize usage of shop equipment and shop floor space. Then, students move to training in CAD, CNC operation, and CNC programming, as well as more complex machining skills and setup work.
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► Manual milling, manual lathes, surface grinders, CNC mills and lathes, blueprint reading, CAD and CAM training, inspection and layout, plus alternate machining methods
NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) – Machining Level 1
- Measurement, Materials and Safety
- Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
- Manual Milling Skills I
- Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
- Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
- Grinding Skills I
- Drill Press Skills I
- CNC Turning: Programming Setup and Operations
- CNC Milling: Programming Setup and Operation
- CNC Turning: Operations
- CNC Milling: Operations
- The Certificate of Special Merit Machining Level I
Mastercam – Mill Design and Toolpaths
Our Instructor, Ross Porter, has earned this national credential for excellence in machining.
► There is a projected shortage of skilled machinists throughout the country for the next 20+ years, with a big demand in Southwest Florida due to an increase in manufacturing in the region. Employment opportunities include the partners (see: Internships) and multiple aerospace companies in Florida, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and more. In addition, boat manufacturers, gun manufacturers, and others have a presence in this state. It is not uncommon for other states to compete for your employment by offering to pay top dollar, plus moving expenses and signing bonuses
► The following table illustrates the program structure for J200100:
|Course #||OCP||Course Name||Hours|
|PMT0023||C||Machine Setup Operator||600|
Reading 9.0 Math 9.0 Language 8.0
*Some students qualify for exemption from this requirement.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Machinery Handbook Pocket Companion 30th Edition (ISBN 978-0-8311-3095-4)
Precision Machining Technology 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1-285-44454-3)
Machine Trades Print Reading 6th Edition (ISBN 978-1-63126-105-3)
Mathematics for Machine Technology 7th Edition (ISBN 978-1-133-281145-0)
immerse2learn (Online training for CNC Programming and CAM)
Q: What types of things will I learn?
A: Areas of focus will include operation of manual milling, manual lathes, surface grinders, CNC mills and lathes, blueprint reading, CAD and CAM training, inspection and layout, plus alternate machining methods.
Q: Are there local employers where I could get a job when I graduate?
A: Paid internships during the summer between first and second year are offered. Our partners include, but are not limited to: Arthrex Corporation, US Sugar, Progress Rail, Shaw Corporation, Loos & Co, Parker Aerospace, S4J Manufacturing and Service, and Structure Medical.
Q: What other machining jobs are located in Florida?
A: Employment opportunities include the partners and multiple aerospace companies in Florida, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and more. In addition, boat manufacturers, gun manufacturers, and others have a presence in this state. It is not uncommon for other states to compete for your employment by offering to pay top dollar, plus moving expenses and signing bonuses.