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Precision Production Trades:
Machine Tool Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, and test products using machine shop and CNC processes. These courses are based on the state machine shop task list.

You Will Learn
  • Safety practices and professional machine shop procedures.
  • Mathematical concepts.
  • How to interpret engineering drawings and control documents.
  • How to recognize different manufacturing materials and processes.
  • How to properly perform measurement/inspection.
  • How to use drilling machines, milling machines, and metal lathes.
  • Planning and use of hand tools.
  • CNC machining processes.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Precision Production Trades: Machine Tool - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
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Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Machine Tool Cutter
  • Machine Tool Teacher
  • Machinist
  • Machinery Mechanic
Workforce Trends
Despite rising productivity that is expected to limit employment growth, opportunities should be excellent because not enough qualified people are attracted to production-related occupations.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 13.2 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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