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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, and 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 move to the machine shop for hands on training, including projects to prepare them 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.
► NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) – Machining Level 1
► Mastercam – Mill Design and Toolpaths
► There is a projected shortage of skilled machinists throughout the country for the next 20+ years, with a great demand in Southwest Florida due to an increase in manufacturing in the region. Employment opportunities include our 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.
► Fall (August)
► Winter (January)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Machinist Program Course Resources
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 987-1-63126-105-3)
Mathematics for Machine Technology 7th Edition (ISBN 978-1-133-28145-0)
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 mills, Manual lathes, surface grinders, CNC mills & Lathes, blueprint reading, CAD training, inspection and layout, and 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, Haynes Corporation, Azimuth Technologies, and Shaw Corporation
Q:What other machining jobs are located in Florida?
A: 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.