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Precision Machining Technology: 


Precision Machining Technology provides specialized classroom and laboratory experiences for students who are entering the field of manufacturing and engineering technology.


Instruction is provided in the areas of blueprint reading, safety, bench work, lathe work, millwork, grinding, drill press, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming. Particular emphasis is given to the use of precision measuring tools and gauges.


Course content reflects the National Skills Standards of the National Tool and Die Association and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. Emphasis is placed on the use of decision-making and higher-level thinking skills for problem-solving techniques and for applying science, mathematics, and social studies concepts to solve technological problems. Articulation programs allow students to earn postsecondary credit while taking courses at the high school level. Hands-on work experiences and SkillsUSA leadership activities facilitate opportunities


1st Year

Introduction to Precision Machining

Introduction to Lathe

Introduction to Milling, Drill Press and Surface Grinder


2nd Year

Intermediate Lathe and Bench Work

Intermediate Mill and Surface Grinder

Introduction to Computer Numerical Control


3rd Year


Intermediate Computer Numerical Control

Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing 1

Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing 2


What is Precision Machining?

The tooling and machining industry is the basis for all of the manufacturing industries, producing everything from cell phone molds to advanced aerospace and space shuttle parts. Students will gain knowledge in blueprint reading, applied mathematics, measurement, CNC set-up, CNC Programming and CAD/CAM “ Computer Aided Drafting/Computer Aided Machining” Programming.


Career Opportunities

The demand for Machinist and CNC “ Computer Numerical Controlled “ Technicians is very high. There are over 200 companies in North Alabama which employ Machinist and CNC Technicians. The Precision Machining Program has 100% job placement.


How much will the class cost?

Lab fees: $40.00 for one school year.


Potential Earnings

$8 to $12 starting wages and $20 to $25 depending on skill level, education and or experience.


What is Articulated Credit?

Students will earn college credit while in Precision Machining transferable to the 2-year college level in the same program of study.


The articulated high school courses contain the same course content as an equivalent college course and a post-secondary institution (college) has agreed to award college credit if the student meets outlined requirements in the course articulation agreement. The articulation agreement is a signed document between a high school and a college that indicates the specific responsibilities of the high school and the college, and the students in order for credit to be awarded.


Precision Machining students can earn free college credit through Alabama’s Statewide Articulation Agreement in the Machine Tool Technology Degree at the two year college level.


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Precision Machining students have the opportunity to participate in the dual enrollment program through J.F. Drake State. For more information visit:


The term dual enrollment simply means that a student is enrolled in college at the same time he/she is enrolled in high school. By taking courses which qualify for dual enrollment, these students are able to amass college credit hours either through their high school or on a local college campus.