Machine Trades

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Machine Trades is a hands-on program. You will use math skills to solve problems and machine projects. To be prepared, focus on doing well in algebra and geometry courses. Admission into apprenticeship programs and specialty training programs can be competitive. To increase your chances, do your best in all high school courses and work toward a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor: Greg Dickerson

A Typical Student in Machine Trades:

The typical student is one that enjoys hands-on learning and has solid math skills to be successful. There will be a significant emphasis on measuring and meeting tolerance requirements at the beginning of the first-year program. These skills will be necessary for the second year of the program, further training, and a career in machining. Successful students have the patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned. They can work on projects independently or with other students. They can read blueprints, check their work as needed, and stay on task without constant supervision. Safety is a primary focus, and students must follow the guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Employers have contacted NCCC regularly seeking potential employees with this training
  • Skilled second-year students completed internships and have been awarded college scholarships by employers
  • Students have gone on to further training in auto and diesel mechanics

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  • Machine Trades I

    Precision Machining I

    Students in the machining program prepare for in-demand jobs in the manufacturing industry. The program provides instruction and laboratory experience in standard and manual machining, blue print reading, CAD software, formulas to determine the proper speed and feed of machines, and the operation and maintenance of common machines, including mills, lathes, and grinders. Students completing this program generally continue their education at the post-secondary level in 2 and 4-year degree programs or begin their careers in local machining businesses. Students also enter apprenticeship program for specific machining-related trades.

    Dual College Credits:

    MTTC 101 Introduction to Machining - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    MTTC 102 Turning Processes I - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    MTTC 103 Milling Processes I - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    QR:

    Precision Machining I and II satisfies the “Mathematics or quantitative reasoning course” in each year of high school requirement for the CORE 40, AHD, and THD diplomas. .


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Machine Trades career program, further training, and a career in the machining industry. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry
    • Technology Courses

    What You Will Learn

    • Read blueprints for projects
    • Use lathes, mills, drill presses, and surface grinders
    • Measure and machine metal to 0.001”
    • Learn dual credit

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $100.00 Covers: Personal tools and equipment.
  • Machine Trades II

    Precision Machining II

    Students in the machining program prepare for in-demand jobs in the manufacturing industry. The program provides instruction and laboratory experience in standard and manual machining, blue print reading, CAD software, formulas to determine the proper speed and feed of machines, and the operation and maintenance of common machines, including mills, lathes, and grinders. Second-year students gain exposure to computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and complete internships with local companies.

    Students completing this program generally continue their education at the post-secondary level in 2 and 4-year degree programs or begin their careers in local machining businesses. Students also enter apprenticeship program for specific machining-related trades.

    Dual College Credits:

    MTTC 105 Abrasive Processes - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    MTTC 110 Turning & Milling Processes - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    QR:

    Precision Machining I and II satisfies the “Mathematics or quantitative reasoning course” in each year of high school requirement for the CORE 40, AHD, and THD diplomas.

    What You Will Learn

    • Read blueprints for projects
    • Use lathes, mills, drill presses, and surface grinders
    • Measure and machine metal to 0.001”
    • Learn dual credit

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: Machine Trades I - Precision Machining I
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: $0