If you dream it, the students in our Precision Machine Tool Technology program can machine it. That’s why the Lehigh Valley’s biggest manufacturers begin vying for their attention as early as 10th grade, often hiring them for internship or co-op positions that lead to well-paying jobs after graduation.
Program students develop the following skills and more as they learn to turn raw materials into precise parts:
- Program and operate computer numerical control or CNC machines
- Operate a drill press, using it to center drill, drill, counterbore and countersink
- Operate a surface grinder, using it to grind surfaces flat and parallel, square or with precision angles
- Operate a lathe, using it for facing, knurling, tapping, turning, threading and boring
- Operate a milling machine, using it for face, plain, angular and form milling
Students hone their skills on the latest Haas CNC machining centers, as well as manual machines from Clausing, Kingston and Sharp, some retrofitted with ProtoTRAK equipment. After mastering the production of simple items like dice, spinning tops and wrenches, students tackle projects that require more accuracy, like automotive parts, bicycle sprockets and cellphone cases.
They often partner with peers in other LCTI programs — auto technology, engineering, drafting, etc. — to design and make custom parts. Benchwork, blueprint reading, machine maintenance, metallurgy, safety and learning to use Mastercam software are important elements of the program, too.