This is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of shaping metal parts. Instruction involves making computations relating to work dimensions, tooling and feeds and speeds of machining. Emphasis is placed upon bench work and the operation of lathes, power saws, shapers, milling machines, grinders, drills and computer operated equipment (CNC and CIM). Instruction also includes the use of precision measuring instruments such as layout tools, micrometers and gauges; methods of machining and heat treatment of various metals; blueprint reading; and the layout of machine parts. Instruction prepares students to operate all types of hand and computer controlled machines. 

    Early emphasis will be placed on measuring tools and basic machining principles gradually growing skills until the student is ready to make National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) projects. Upon completion of this program, the student will have achieved an excellent basis upon which to enter related employment, postsecondary education, or enter the National Tooling and Machining Association Apprentice Training Program. This program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. 

    Year 1
    Machine Safety
    Intro to Manual Machining
    Part Inspection
    Basic Blueprint Reading
    NIMS Safety Certifications  

    Year 2
    CNC Operations
    MasterCam (computer-aided machining software)
    Threading on a lathe
    Precision Grinding
    Kennametal Carbide certifications

    Year 3
    CNC Programming
    OSHA 10 certifications
    Cooperative Education 


    Tool and Die Maker

    Mechanical Engineer
    CNC Programmer
    Quality Control
    Machine Operator
    CNC Operator
    Precision Grinder


    Pennsylvania College of Technology

    Westmoreland County Community College
    University of Pittsburgh Johnstown


    L&L Machine Rebuilders
    Pace Industries

    Aggressive Grinding
    Elizabeth Carbide
    Hamill Manufacturing
    Penn State Tool and Die
    TSI Titanium
    Composidie, Inc.
    Bouquet Tool and Die
    Arthur R. Warner
    EMB Manufacturing
    Farzai Manufacturing
    Key Bellville, Inc.
    L&S Machine
    Carpenter Steel
    Tooling Spcialist, Inc.
    Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research


    NIMS Level 1 certifications

    OSHA 10
    Kennametal Precision Metal Crafters