Precision Manufacturing Technology I
Precision Manufacturing Technology I (Precision Machining) is the first level of a program that teaches
the basics of manual and computer machining of metal products. During the first half of the semester,
students will concentrate on the basics of precision manual machine operations that make close fitting
items that work together. This will be achieved by learning about machine shop safety, machining
processes, blueprint reading, inspection techniques, applied math in the shop, and the materials used in
the precision machining industry. The second half of the semester will involve learning advanced manual
machine processes and will be used to introduce the technology of Computer Assisted Drafting and
Machining (CAD/CAM) and the set up and operation of highly advanced Computer Numerical Control
(CNC) machines. During the first year, most of the lab projects are assigned by the instructor to build
common skills expected by machine tool employers and post-secondary schools who train both
machinists and engineers. Instruction is done primarily through hands on experience and computer
application software, but classroom instruction will be used where applicable. Shop safety and safety
around power machines is emphasized throughout the course.
Precision Manufacturing Technology II CTP/Honors
Precision Manufacturing Technology II is the second level of a program that emphasizes Computer Assisted Drafting and Machining (CAD/CAM) applications for high end CNC and manual machine project design and production. Students will learn and apply advanced machining skills, quality assurance, applied math, metals and composite materials, blueprint reading, and engineering basics. The students will be taught this in a "real world" shop environment where learning is primarily "hands on." For the first half of the year, learning will be done using instructor assigned projects to build common skills. The second half of the year will involve field trips to teach job skills and job expectations and will also involve students participating in a "capstone" second level project. The capstone project will be a self-designed product that showcases all the skills the students has learned throughout both levels of the course. Students are encouraged to participate in the Skills USA competition to earn a place to compete against other students from all the machining programs throughout the state to determine the "Best Student Machinist in New Hampshire." Students who desire National Certifications in machining through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills may seek certification after they have successfully completed the necessary course requirements.