Machining Technology teaches students the fundamentals of basic machining, CAM, and CNC operations. The program combines basic machining skills with advanced technology and provides learning opportunities using modern equipment in a machine shop environment.
Students learn to interpret blueprints, inspect machined parts, program and operate CNC machine tools, and effectively work in a machining environment.
Safety is an important factor in the machining industry, and instruction emphasizes best safety practices to operate tools and equipment properly.
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“Machining Technology utilizes advanced equipment to precisely shape a variety of materials into functional components.”
– Caleb White, Welding Professor and Department Head
Necessary Trade for Everyday Needs
The Machining field has evolved over the years with expanding facilities featuring high-tech equipment. A career in Machining is diverse, students have the opportunity to apply their skills in multiple facets of society - everything from your tooth brush, planting, cultivating, and processing food, to all modes of transportation, to the medical instruments, equipment, and artificial implants that save and prolong lives are worked on by Machinists.
Employment opportunities for Machining Technology can be found in a variety of industries: Machinists, Quality Technicians, CNC Programmer, Engineering Technicians, Tools and Die Maker, Maintenance Mechanic, and Drafting (CAD/CAM) Design Technician. Employment projections forecast machining technology jobs growing at a rate of 9 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $22.74 per hour.