MACHINE TECHNOLOGY

With manufacturing giants BMW and Boeing flourishing in South Carolina — along with all the industries on their supply chains — our reputation as a successful manufacturing state is on the rise. However, the demand for qualified machinists is much greater than the supply. In Machine Technology, students will acquire skills that translate into rewarding careers. Using state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment, students will set up, program, and operate a variety of lathes and milling machines. Advanced students will become proficient in using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines and can be confident that they’ve been trained through National Institute for Metalworking Skills standards.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • CAD/CAM Operator

  • CNC Programmer

  • CNC Operator

  • Machine Tool Sales

  • Machinist

  • Machine Technician

  • Tool & Die Maker

  • Quality Control

 

CURRICULUM

 

Machine Technology I

Grades: 10 - 12 / Approximate Fees: $15
Prerequisite: None
Machine Technology I is designed to enable the beginning student to develop skills in the set-up and operation of all tools basic to the machinist. The student will learn to use metal-shaping equipment to make gears, tools, and machinery parts. The student learns functions and capabilities of engine lathes, drill presses, milling machines, grinders, cut-off saws, and radial drills.

Machine Technology II

Grades: 11-12 / Approximate Fees: $15
Prerequisite: Completion of Machine Technology I with minimum grade of 80 or Director approval
This course is designed to develop and refine student's skills in the set-up and operation of tools basic to the machinist. Students will learn to use metal shaping equipment to make gears, tools, and machinery parts. Students learn nomenclature functions and capabilities of engine lathes, drill presses, milling machines, grinders, cut-off saws, and radial drills. The students will create a series of projects that will demonstrate, upon completion, mastery of the machine used to make the advanced project.

Machine Technology III - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming and Operation

Grades: 11-12 / Approximate Fees: $15
Prerequisite: Completion of Machine Technology II with minimum grade of 80 or Director approval
Students participate in an advanced study of machine shop equipment and techniques.  Computer-controlled milling and manufacturing processes are taught using the latest technology in the machine industry.  The training equipment students use meets industry standards.