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Precision Machining Technology

In this class, you will develop fundamental manual machining skills, with emphasis on the milling machine, more advanced work on the lathe, and hands-on instruction.

Major Units of Study

  1. Safety of Machine Shop Procedures
  2. Blueprint Reading
  3. Measurements and Measuring Tools
  4. Operation of Milling Machines, Lathes, Drill Press, Power saws, and Grinding Machines
  5. Welding
  6. Computer Numerical Control Programming and Operation

Why Study Machine Technology?
Precision Machining Technology courses at Hermitage Technical Center engage your hands and mind as you face the challenge of turning, grinding, milling, cutting, and boring metals. Computer programming, math, and engineering skills are used daily. Once you have mastered one skill, many employers offer opportunities to learn and diversify in other areas.

Precision Machining skills are vital to all areas of manufacturing. Individuals with skill in manual machining go on to careers in manufacturing design, computer numerical control programming and operation, as well as maintenance machining in the region’s largest manufacturing companies. Machinists also often start their own companies.

This Class seems interesting, but is it for me?
Good math skills, geometry, and technical drawing are highly recommended and are of great value to one entering this field of work. Also, mechanical ability is one of the most important aptitudes. People with mechanical skills like to tinker, troubleshoot and invent, often they like to work on their cars or repair other mechanical items.

What Happens After Precision Machining Technology?

Through a dual enrollment agreement with John Tyler Community College, students completing Precision Machining I and II at Hermitage Technical Center can earn as many as 15 college credits and a college certificate in Basic Precision Machining. After graduation, machining students can continue their studies at John Tyler, earning additional credentials in Computer Numerical Control and Precision Machining Technology. College studies in machining can also build toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

Wages vary from company to company and from area to area, but rank high among the skilled trade. The Richmond area has a wealth of job opportunities in machine tool trades.

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