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2024 – 2025

Machine Technology

Beverly Rebelo, Academy D Administrator – Ext. 632

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

Machine Technology exploratory is geared towards exposing students to the many career opportunities and college options that are available from the skills that are gained in this program. The student is introduced to shop safety, manual machining, computer numerical controls for CNC manufacturing, computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) as well as mechanical systems and 3D rapid prototyping technologies. Students will have hands-on training using industry software such as MasterCam ( and SolidWorks ( and will produce projects using industry standard equipment.

Students in machine working

Sophomore Program

Grade 10 students will build upon the foundation of freshman year and expand their knowledge of machine setup, operation and engineering design and manufacturing. Related theory will also include metallurgy, work holding, blueprint reading, tool geometry, shop math, tap and drill calculations, work ethic and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) fundamentals. Students will learn teamwork and machining practices though selected challenges to construct group projects. As a sophomore, students will design using SolidWorks software and will work from their own blueprints to manufacture the components necessary to complete these challenges. Students will be given the opportunity to compete in nationally recognized competitions, such as SkillsUSA.

Students produce projects that will expose them to different types of materials such as plastics, polycarbonates, stainless steels, tool steels, aluminum, etc. Projects will progress toward being produced in CNC machines where students will be introduced to CNC programming and MasterCam software fundamentals. Instruction includes related lab theory, shop demonstrations, hand-on practice; quizzes and tests will determine competency levels.

Junior Program

Grade 11 will focus on developing CNC skills and expand their Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD CAM) skills using MasterCam and SolidWorks software. Shop projects will also teach CNC operations & G-Code programming, CNC machine set-up procedures, inspection procedures, blueprint interpretation, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), advanced manual machining practices and set-ups for proficiency of job ready skills as a machinist. Modules on engineering of machine design, electro-mechanical and automated systems, will also be a component of related theory. Students are instructed and encouraged to collect and produce an electronic portfolio and research career and college options available upon graduation. Juniors will have the option to compete in SkillsUSA competitions.

Shop projects will provide hands-on practice and include engineering, designing, manufacturing and the assembly. Students will also build an air engine and other projects to reinforce classroom theory lessons and acquire necessary trade skills. Instruction includes related lab theory, shop demonstrations, hands-on practice, quizzes and tests to determine competency levels.

Senior Program

Grade 12 shop and related lab theory work will emphasize proficient practices using MasterCam Milling, SolidWorks, CNC set-up & G-Code programming, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), inspection procedures, blueprint interpretation as well as MasterCam Turning fundamentals. Senior project requirements will be reviewed and a study guide will be provided. Students are instructed and encouraged to collect and produce an electronic portfolio to submit with college applications or present during job interviews.

Shop projects will involve engineering, design, manufacturing and the assembly practices. Seniors will have the option to compete in SkillsUSA competitions. Seniors have an option of an approved independent study as a major project that is based on their personal interest and the project meets the criteria for advanced skills achievement. Students will use CNC Machining practices, proper inspection techniques and advanced manual machining practices. Instruction will include demonstrations, hands-on practice; quizzes and tests will determine skill and theory proficiency.

Machine Tech classroom
Machine Tech equipment


  • Career Safe Certification, recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Certified SolidWorks Associate
  • Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC)
    • MACWIC Level 1
    • MACWIC Level 2
    • NIMS

Career Opportunities

  • Machinist
  • Quality Control & Inspection
  • CNC Operator
  • Mold Maker
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Set-up Technician
  • Machine Repair Technician
  • Research and Development
  • Jig & Fixture Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Entrepreneur/Inventor

Post-Secondary Education

Two Year College Opportunities:
Manufacturing Technology
Electromechanical Technology
Industrial Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Industrial Design

Four Year College Opportunities:
Mechanical Engineer
Electromechanical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Metallurgy Robotics Engineer

Apprenticeship: State Certificate:

Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaboration statewide apprentice agreement.