The Precision Machining pathway is designed as a secondary program for preparation to enter the field of precision machining and metal turning. The Precision Machining program includes an introduction to the basic machining metalworking processes. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to continue study in a postsecondary metals program (Precision Machining, Machine Tool Operation, and Automotive Machining) or to begin work at the entry level in a machining occupation. The machining courses found in this curriculum were written to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialing standards.
Year 1 course includes orientation and leadership, basic safety, math, measuring tools and instruments, blueprints, hand and power tools, lathe theory and operation milling, machine theory and operation, and grinding operations. Safety is emphasized in each unit and every activity.
Year 2 includes advanced precision machining techniques in lathing, vertical milling, and computer numerical control (CNC).
The NIMS is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that was established in 1995 to help develop industry standards to maintain the United States’ global competitiveness. NIMS sets industry standards and certifies individuals who meet the quality requirements contained in the industry standards. NIMS also accredits training programs and facilities that meet NIMS’ quality requirements. The NIMS organization and standards are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in the metalworking field.