A purposeful American career— machinists are respected, capable and well paid. Virtually everything manufactured in the U.S. today—in the automotive, space, medical, green, or any other industry—can be traced back to the work of a machinist. Even today’s gunsmiths use precision machining to create custom-made firearms. As a result, there is a constant and unmet need for these “Surgeons of Steel” in American manufacturing.
In our 18-month Precision Machining program, we offer students two shifts during the day (7:00 -1:00 and 12- 6:00) to provide more options and a better in-lab experience with one-on-one instruction. In the lab, you’ll learn the working properties of metals, and how to use both manual and computer-controlled methods to fabricate machined products. To give you the maximum experience-edge, we focus on practical, project-based learning, as well as plenty of close interaction with live industry to prepare you for a machining career. Machinists work in a variety of highly technical fields as machine operators, machinists, CNC machinists, tool and die makers, mold makers, quality control inspectors, machine assemblers, machine tool designers, CNC programmers, or field service representatives.
You’ll be impressed by Lake Area Technical College’s state-of-the-art precision machining lab and equipment—featuring 23 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. CNC machines are used in most machine shops and high-tech production facilities. To be on top of the hiring game, as well as qualify for better pay and a specialized job title, machinists must be able to program and monitor the work of a fully automated machine. As a graduate of Lake Area Technical College’s Precision Machining program, you’ll have the programming knowledge and experience to land a career in an exciting and diverse machining field.
Machinists make America! Let us help you start your journey towards a life-changing career!