The work of machine tool operators, machinists, industrial maintenance technicians, and other occupations requires skill in machining metal by machine tools such as milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses, and shapers, and the ability to use precision measuring tools. The courses in machine shop are designed to give the student experience on various machine tools similar to those on which they will work after graduation. Instruction is given in related blueprint reading and mathematics, precision measuring, and basic metallurgy such as properties of metal, their workable characteristics, heat treatment of metals, and relative hardness.
|Time Commitment||Full Time|
|Typical Program Length||16 Months|
230 S. Broad Street
Lexington, TN 38351
401 Morgan Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 9,050
Current job openings per year: 1,140