Program Overview

Machinists are trained professionals who use machinery to make or modify metal, plastic, or wood products. Students learn the basics of setting up and operating machine tools like computer controlled mills and lathes, the drill press, grinders, manual metal lathes, and mills as well as using common metal-working hand tools, including precision measuring instruments. Key components of the Precision Machining course include blueprint reading, quality control, metal properties, and heat treatment of machine-ready metals. To be work ready, students are trained to program, set-up, and operate computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines. These high wage, high skill jobs can be found in fields such as electrical submersible oil pump production, aviation and aircraft production and maintenance, plastic and PVC fittings, and valve production (just to name a few).

Career Opportunities

  • Lathe Operator
  • Drill Press Operator
  • CNC Mill Operator
  • Mill Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Inspector

Certification

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), High School optional for fee

Student Organization

  • SkillsUSA

Helpful Attributes & Abilities

  • Suggested grade levels before entering program: Math – 10.0, Reading – 9.0
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good at working with hands
  • Teamwork
  • Safety oriented
  • Good work ethic with positive attitude
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Program Length

Precision Machining Operations Diploma (HS or Adult) – 960 hours

Flex PMO for Working Adults – 450 hours

Schedule

  • Monday through Friday classes. Full or half day scheduling available.
  • Flex Program (Flex PMO) – Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9pm. Two Saturdays per month for six hours each, time TBA.

Who Can Enroll

High school juniors or seniors and adults

How To Enroll

High school students contact Cheyenne Stevens, Marketing Specialist, at 918.331.3320 or cheyenne.stevens@tricountytech.edu.
Adult Flex students contact Lauren Walls, Enrollment Specialist, at 918.331.3291 or lauren.walls@tricountytech.edu.

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