Machine Tool Operation
Credits Required for Graduation: 34.00
Machine tool operators are machinists who use lathes, milling machines, grinders, CNC machining centers, and other machine tools to cut metal to precise shapes and sizes. Machine tool operators plan and prepare operations to create parts using blueprints and CAD drawings, they then set up, operate, and machine the parts to specifications. During and after machining operations, machine tool operators use precision measuring instruments, such as micrometers and gauges, to inspect and make sure the parts are machined to the specifications required.
In the Machine Tool Operation program, students learn the skills to set up and operate manual and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools and to measure and inspect parts for accuracy. Additionally, students learn to use computer aided drafting (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software programs to design and machine parts.
Skilled machine tool operators work in tool rooms, job shops, CNC production facilities, and in modern manufacturing companies. Successful graduates have many opportunities to advance in their careers as they gain additional experience and training.