Machine Technology

The Machine Technology program is a comprehensive competency based three-year program that is Chapter 74 approved and aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Cluster – Machine Tool Technology provides students the opportunity to learn all the skills demanded of the 21st century machinist. Students follow a course sequence that starts with the basics of manual machining and progresses to advanced multi-axis CNC programming, setup, and operation. Qualified and skilled machinists are presently in high demand and students completing our program are ready to immediately enter the workforce or continue their education in college.

The Machine Technology program features a state-of-the-art facility that includes the latest in technology including Computer Numeric Control (CNC) milling machines, lathes, as well as a computer lab for CAD/CAM instruction. The Machine Technology program offers students the opportunity to experience the latest technology in the machine tool industry. Machine Technology students receive training through hands-on experience that replicates operations used in industry. Metal parts are produced using lathes, millers, surface grinders, and Computerized Numerical Control (C.N.C.) machines. Students are introduced to the principle of machining using a ProtoTrak Knee Mill, as well as lathes, surface grinders and various hand tools. Students will create programs using Cartesian coordinate systems of measurement and are introduced to basic CAD programs using Solid Works, as well as speed and feed, and basic math formulas.

Course Objectives:
♦ Using industry standards, students will learn the following competencies:
♦ Integrate academics through project-based learning
♦ Create a portfolio
♦ Recognize career pathway opportunities
♦ Interact safely in a shop environment
♦ Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment
♦ Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
♦ Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
♦ Read and understand blueprints and technical drawings
♦ Understand and utilize measuring gages
♦ Use resources for research and problem solving
♦ Troubleshoot, diagnose, analyze, and present data related to the field
♦ Develop a professional appearance and exemplary work ethic
♦ Demonstrate teamwork

Program benefits:
♦ OSHA 10-Hour General Safety Certification
♦ Manual Machining
♦ CNC Machining and Programming
♦ CAD Design using SolidWorks
♦ Master Cam Programming

Looking toward the future:
At the core of today’s mechanized world is the machinist and machine technology. This industry requires skilled technicians to carry out new ideas and plans in the production of all types of manufactured parts. Many of these skilled technicians find exciting career opportunities with substantial earning potential.

Nearly every product created today, from housing to transportation to food, requires the expertise and skill of the machine technology machinist. Highly trained machinists can be found working in a variety of different fields including computer, automotive, defense and aircraft products as well as medical research and development.

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Ron Messier
Exploratory & 1st year


Hazel Rodriguez
2nd & 3rd year


Ann Bisson
Technical Assistant