Machine Tool

Today, advanced manufacturing is a high-tech industry with a strong tradition of excellence right here in southwestern Pennsylvania. Our area is in the very heart of a region world-renowned for its tool & die and machining capabilities, and NWCTC's Machine Tool Technology program is training a new generation of technically skilled craftsman for unlinited career opportunities.


Possible
Occupations:

· CNC Operator
· CNC Programmer
· Tool & Die Designer
· Tool & Die Maker
· Precision Grinder
· Precision Machinist
· Quality Control
· CAD Programmers
· Production Supervisor
· Manufacturing Engineers



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Academic
Requirements:

· Algebra I
· Algebra II
· Geometry
· College Prep English
· Science


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Curricular
Components:

· Engine Lathes
· Milling Machines
· Surface Grinders
· Saws & Drill Presses
· CNC Programming & Operation
· Blueprint Reading
· Machine Maintenance
· Safety

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Fact Check

· People interested in becoming machinists should be mechanically inclined, have good problem-solving abilities, be able to work independently, and be able to do highly accurate work that requires concentration.

· Employment of CNC operators is expected to increase by 7 percent, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.

· Because most machinists train in CNC programming, they may write basic programs themselves and often modify programs in response to problems encountered during test runs. Modifications, called offsets, not only fix problems, but they also improve efficiency by reducing manufacturing time and tool wear.

· Median hourly wages of machinists were $17.41 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $13.66 and $21.85.

Last Modified on April 23, 2015