Precision Machining

Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses and milling machines to produce precision-machined parts. Students learn how to set up and operate various metal working machines and construct projects from engineering drawings. Students will have the opportunity to explore the different fields of machining such as: automotive, aerospace, agriculture, medical appliance and performance engine machining. Students are also trained in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM). Precision Machining is a National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified program.

Special Class Features

  • Latest High-Tech Machinery
  • May Earn a Machine Tool Certificate from NIMS
  • Participate in SkillsUSA - a National Student Organization
  • Opportunity to Earn College Credit
  • Work Experience
  • Field Trips

Course Content

  • Engine Lathes
  • Flat Surface Grinding
  • Drill Press
  • Vertical Mills
  • O.D./I.D. Surface Grinding
  • CNC Lathes/CNC Mill
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Machining Theory
  • Vertical/Horizontal Abrasive Saws
  • Inspection/TQM
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Precision Measurements
  • Shop Safety

Future Employment Skills

  • Visual Thinker
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinker
  • Employability Skills
  • Time Management


  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Manual Machine Operator

Articulation and/or Credentials


  • Delta College