The work of machine tool operators, machinists, industrial maintenance men, 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 course in machine shop is designed to give the student experience on a variety of machine tools similar to those on which he or she 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.
230 S. Broad Street
Lexington, TN 38351
Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. 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: 8,470
Current job openings per year: 340