Automated Manufacturing & Machining

  • Program Highlights:

    Students are introduced to the field of precision machining through a hands-on approach. A student completing this two-year program will be able to safely setup and operate various machines such as lathes, mills, grinders, drill presses, band saws, and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. Print reading and shop math is taught and CAD & CAM software will be introduced and used in class. Students will use precision measuring tools to measure and inspect projects. This program is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of industrial or mechanical engineering or to obtain employment in the advanced manufacturing field after graduating. Employment in both disciplines is very good throughout the country. 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 Machining—National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Test
      or National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS)
    • 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 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