“Students who take our program are able to use their new skills as a stepping-stone to many different career choices.”
- Mr. Deeter
- Learn solid modeling using SolidWorks, CAD/CAM using FeatureCAM and shop floor programming using ProtoTRAK's
- Learn skills for a very in-demand career field in the Miami Valley
- Design and build battling robots for DRMA Xtreme Bots competition
Students in the Precision Machining Technology program are inquisitive, like to take things apart to figure out how they work and put them back together. They are always trying to think of a way to make it better. The students who excel in this program are detail oriented and can think of solutions to complex problems, often in their heads.
Students in the Precision Machining Technology program make tools that they will use the rest of their lives. When the students leave MVCTC, they will have made enough tools, that if they were to buy them, they could have paid for their toolbox, often many times over. The junior year is spent learning the safety and operation of all the manual machines. They learn to operate many types of lathes, mills and grinders. The senior year, heavy emphasis is on learning new Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machinery as well as honing some of the skills learned the junior year. Seniors also learn solid modeling using SolidWorks, CAD/CAM using FeatureCAM and shop floor programming using ProtoTRAK's. Students are also given the opportunity to earn certification and to compete in the Dayton Tooling and Manufacturing Association (DTMA) BOTS competitions.
Students who complete the Precision Machining Technology program may go straight into the work force as CNC programmers, CNC machinists, CAD designers, machinists, or mold makers. Over the past several years, the demands for students trained in the Precision Machining program have been so high that a student who performs well in the program could almost be guaranteed a job in the industry as a junior in high school. Other students decide to continue their education at the college level to become Mechanical Engineers or Process Engineers. Some have gone on to open their own businesses, or have taken over existing businesses. Students leave MVCTC with a higher degree of mechanical aptitude and self-confidence earned through their lab work.
For more information on this career field, check out the links below:Dayton Region Manufacturers AssociationCareers in Advanced ManufacturingNational Tooling and Machining AssociationDTMA Regional BOTS ProgramXtreme Bots CompetitionPrecision MachiningEdgeFactor - amazing video about cutting edge machining CNN Money report - "$100K Manufacturing Jobs"