Machining Technology
 Using blueprint to layout a project
Using blueprint to layout a project
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Program of Study

The Machining Technology Program of Study (POS) is designed for students interested in careers such as machinist, computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine operator, or tool and die maker. The machinist's craft is basic to all American industrial production. It is the machinist's task to interpret the engineer's drawings in order to fabricate new machines and products. Machinists operate various types of material-removing equipment such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machines. Upon completion of the POS, students will have gained experience to pursue post-secondary education and certifications related to the metalworking industry.



  • Principles of Manufacturing (5922) 

Principles of Manufacturing introduces students to various occupations and pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing career cluster. Topics include safety practices and terminology; overview of manufacturing, including materials used in manufacturing, quality control, and the latest trends in advanced manufacturing; common hand tools; layout and measuring; blueprint reading and interpretation; overview of mechatronics and electromechanical technology; welding terminology and equipment identification; and career exploration.

  • Principles of Machining I (5929) 

Principles of Machining I focuses on the essential principles that must be mastered for a person to be effective in production environments in the metalworking industry. Topics include career exploration; machine shop safety; measuring tools; blueprint reading and interpretation; classification of metals and the chemical and physical properties of materials used in the machining process; understanding the production design process; and quality control inspection techniques.

  • Principles of Machining II (5923) 

Principles of Machining II provides additional instruction and practice in the use of measuring tools, lathes, milling machines, and grinders. Emphasis is on safety; interpretation of engineering drawings; operations and control; solving manufacturing-related problems, including scheduling, cost, materials, and equipment; and quality control test methods and techniques.

  • Manufacturing Practicum (5926) 

Manufacturing Practicum allows students to practice skills and knowledge previously learned while learning new skills relevant to their area of specialization. Students will create a professional portfolio that illustrates mastery of skills and knowledge outlined in previous courses and applied in the practicum. 


Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral curriculum component of each Career and Technical Education Programs of Study (POS). CTSOs provide students the chance to see and experience what it takes to succeed, not just in terms of academic knowledge, but in terms of leadership, communications, and other "soft" skills that are the foundation of future success. Students who participate in CTSOs can experience the relationship between classroom and the business world; build business and community contacts who may become role models, mentors, and employers; lead, coordinate, and participate in school and community projects; and apply skills gained in a CTSO to their personal lives.

In the Machining Technology POS, the CTSO is SkillsUSA which is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA complements technical skills training with building employability skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, communication, and leadership.