Machine Tool

1 or 2 Year Program

Machine Tool is designed to expose students to state of the art industrial equipment. Students learn functions and capabilities of lathes, drill presses, milling machines, grinders, cut-off saws, Computer Aided Drafting, and radial drills. Computer controlled milling and manufacturing processes are taught using the latest technology in the machine industry.  Second year students prove mastery of the machines and techniques used to make an advanced project. Students may earn Algebra II credit in this class through successful completion of curriculum in addition to the state mandated math curriculum.

Success Indicators

Success Indicators are recommendations of benchmarks that students should have to be successful when enrolled in this Career & Technical Education course.

Center-Wide Success Indicators

  • Regular Attendance
  • Shows Initiative
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Credit Healthy
  • Transportation: Students may have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences, which would require the student to provide transportation to and from the work site.

Program-Specific Success Indicators

  • Academic
    • Math: Basic Math skills are required. Recommended that the student has passed Algebra 1 and Geometry. Students should be able to do simple Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division without a calculator.
    • Reading: Grade-level reading ability is recommended.
    • Note-Taking: Good note-taking ability is helpful.
  • Physical
    • Physical: Able to lift up to 20 pounds, good vision (with corrective lenses, if necessary)
    • Clothing/Special Equipment: Must wear appropriate clothing for lab exercises.  This includes pants (no holes or frays that could be flammable) and closed-toe shoes that are leather (does not need to be steel-toe but must be fire resistant).
    • Fine Motor Skills/Coordination: Hand/eye coordination is necessary, must have the ability to stand and/or walk for 2-6 hours at a time.  Must be able to provide quality work with attention to detail.
    • Social Awareness: Observation of surroundings, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are helpful.
  • Other
    • Safety: Must Follow all Safety rules in class and pass all safety tests at 100%
    • Computer Skills: Basic operations of computers, some assignments and lessons will be done on Chromebooks. Helps to have access to computers and the internet outside of the classroom.
    • Work Ethics: Recommended to have strong work ethic, be able to follow directions, and demonstrate regular attendance.
    • Recommended: Some experience operating machinery (Woodshop, Shop Class, Drafting, Garage at home). Recommended but not required.


  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Tool & Dye Maker
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Tooling Designer
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Machine Repair 

Additional Info on Careers, Wages & More

Articulated College Credits

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

Current List of Articulated College Credits

Embedded High School Credits

Career center programs offer the student the opportunity to receive high school academic credit upon program completion. Students MUST be a program completer to earn these credits. A program completer is defined as a student who has completed all 12 segments of the curriculum AND earned a 2.0 (C) or higher GPA per semester in the program. Credits are granted by the student's local high school and determined by their counselor.

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