Program of Study: Machine Tool Technology

CIP Code: 48.0501


A student in the machine technology program will be introduced to the skills used in the precision metalworking industry. Students will be instructed on how to develop a process plan; how to produce and/or repair parts; how parts fit and work together; how to use a variety of metal working equipment; how to program and produce products on the computer controlled (CNC) machines; and how to make accurate quality control checks. Skills obtained in this area are highly transferable to many production, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering careers.

Skills utilized in machine technology:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Program Safety
  • Bench Work
  • Inspection
  • Lathe Operation
  • Milling Machines
  • Drill Presses
  • Band Saws
  • Precision Grinding
  • Computer Controlled Milling
  • Computer Controlled Turning
  • Introduction to Metrology
  • Tool and Machine Maintenance
  • CNC Operation

Recommended High School Courses:

  • English/Communications
  • Mathematics - Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry
  • Computer Basics
  • Applied Sciences, Physics
  • Industrial Arts, Mechanical Drawing, Computer Aided Drafting


  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


  • Train as a Machinist @ LCCTC - even while you are in high school!
  • Learn more about becoming a machinist at: BLS.gov