Automated Manufacturing & Machining

  • Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    This program is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of industrial or mechanical engineering or to obtain employment in advanced manufacturing, including the optical and photonics industry. Employment opportunity in both disciplines is very good throughout the country.

    Students are introduced to the field of precision machining (cutting metal very precisely) through a hands-on approach with machines and cutting tools. A student completing this two-year program will be able to safely set up and operate various machines such as metal cutting lathes, mills, grinders, band saws, and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. Students will also learn print reading, precision measuring, CAD & CAM software and shop math. Students will use precision measuring tools to measure and inspect projects. There are no prerequisites, although a good math background is helpful.

Students practice a programming exercise on the HAAS CNC mill

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Safe Shop Practices
    • Shop Math
    • Precision Measurement & Inspection Techniques
    • Basic Milling Machine Use
    • Engine Lathe Use
    • Print Reading
    • Power Cut Off Saws—vertical & horizontal
    • Drill Presses
    • Hand Grinding of Cutting Tools
    • Surface Grinding

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD)
    • Computer Aided Manufacturing (Mastercam)
    • CNC Programming
    • CNC Lathe Operations
    • CNC Mill Operations (including 4th Axis machining)
    • Advanced Milling Machine Use
    • Advanced Print Reading (including GD&T)
    • Quality Control Techniques
    • Work Experience


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Precision Exams
    • National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Certification



  • Career Connections

    • Machinist
    • Tool Maker
    • Mold Maker
    • Machine Builder
    • Inspector (QA)
    • Optical Fabricator
    • Machine Repair Technician
    • CNC Machine Operator
    • Set Up or Programmer
    • New York State Apprenticeship in a certified company

    College Programs

    • Machining
    • Engineering
    • Optical Technology Robotics
    • Business Management

Items to Consider

  • Successful students:

    • Maintain excellent attendance
    • Understand and are able to perform decimal and fraction conversions
    • Have good eye and hand coordination
    • Demonstrate time management skills
    • Wear personal protective equipment (safety glasses) for extended periods
    • Follow safety procedures and practice safe work habits at all times