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CMM Employment Qualifications

Skilled machinists are always in demand and will be as long as there is a machine to provide a product to assist in agriculture, to construct homes and buildings, to save time and energy, to produce energy, and to provide recreation. The machinist is the person who builds and maintains these products (machines). Students completing the Computerized Manufacturing & Machining program may find employment as machinists, machine operators, or in machine maintenance repair in numerous industrial plants in the area.

As a one-year Computerized Manufacturing & Machining student, you should be able to:

  • Think mechanically
  • Perform complex mathematical calculations
  • Work well under pressure
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Work at repetitive tasks
  • Give attention to detail
  • Assume responsibility
  • Organize your work
  • Work with a variety of skilled and non-skilled workers and professionals
  • Take constructive criticism
  • Work well under supervision

Employers will expect you, as a two-year Computerized Manufacturing & Machining graduate, to be able to:

  • Operate machine tools safely.
  • Acquire skills in the use of hand-held tools.
  • Apply knowledge to the operation of the lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, and drill press.
  • Use physical and mechanical properties of metals and alloys in tool production.
  • Analyze and set up machining operations according to prints, layouts, and other instructions.
  • Categorize and select the correct cutting and lubrication fluids used in machining operations.
  • Compare measured tolerance limits with micrometers, gauges, and other precision instruments.
  • Set up and operate computerized numerical control (CNC) milling machines and lathes.
  • Create part drawings and generate tool paths using a computer-aided drafting and computer-aided machining (CAD/CAM) system.

After graduating from the two-year Computerized Manufacturing & Machining program, you will be ready to start your career as a:

  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist Apprentice
  • Machine Setup Operator

With further training, graduates may advance to All-Round Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Mold Maker, Machine Programming, Machine Shop Operator, or Tool-Machine Setup Operator.