• Metal Technology




    The Metal Technology Program is designed to prepare students interested in pursuing a career path and/or post-secondary training opportunities in various metalworking occupations. Instruction includes training on the set-up and safe operation of full size industrial machine tools, layout, metal fabricating, assembling of metal products and structures, precision measurement, characteristics of metals, and welding and cutting processes. Additionally, students enrolled in this program will learn the principles of setting-up, programming, and operating Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools. Instruction is also provided in the use of hand and portable power tools, making computations related to work dimensions, the physical properties of materials, and other related instruction and skills associated with metalworking occupations.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students are expected to:

    • Utilize hand, power tools, and machine tools to produce precision components to print specifications
    • Select, properly use, and care for cutting tools
    • Utilize, calibrate, and maintain precision and semi-precision measuring tools
    • Demonstrate basic competencies in various welding processes used in industry
    • Use welding electrodes in multiple positions
    • Interpret blueprints and welding symbols.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of basic metallurgy
    • Demonstrate safe work principles and practices
    • Solve routine problems associated with work-cell machining/manufacturing
    • Set-up, operate, and program computer numerically controlled machine tools


    The numerous career paths in the welding and machining fields are both diverse and abundant. Every manufactured item, in some way relies on these skills and would not exist if it were not for the skilled workforce of the metalworking field.

    A person working in the machining field will perform tasks that may include: analyzing engineering drawings, selecting metals and materials, developing process plans, utilizing machine tools to produce precision components, and performing precision measurements to ensure components meet drawing specifications. Advanced skills in this field would involve the set-up, operation, and programming of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining centers, as well as designing and manufacturing complex tools, fixtures, machines, and molds.

    Individuals employed in a welding career path will perform tasks that may include: positioning workpieces with hoists and cranes, layout, assembly, and tacking of part assemblies, set-up and operation of manual and semiautomatic welding equipment, operating hand and power tools, and inspecting workpieces for defects and conformance to specifications. Welders can pursue advanced careers in fields such as: energy, engineering, metallurgy, structural iron, pipefitting, and underwater welding.  


    Many industrial institutions have modern equipment, convenient and comfortable work areas, and air conditioning. There is a wide variety of working conditions in the metal working field and the working environment will depend greatly on the industry being served. These conditions are directly related to the type of work being performed. Workers generally must be able to stand for extended time periods, lift a specific amount of weight, and work in varying temperature conditions. Job hazards will also vary with the type of work and the industry an individual is employed in. With proper training, attitude, work habits, and personal protective equipment dangers can be minimal in a metalworking environment. Workers benefit from organizations such as OSHA and Insurance Companies of America to insure workers safety. Many manufacturing companies run multiple shifts and the opportunity for overtime is often available.


    Job opportunities in the metal working occupations are projected to grow steadily while continuing to earn high, life sustaining wages.

    Job Title

    Median Wage (2014)

    Projected Growth (2012-2022)


    $19.22 per hour


    CNC Programmer

    $22.84 per hour


    CNC Operator



    Tool & Die Maker



    Sheet Metal Worker



    Welder, Cutter, Fitter



    Pipefitter, Steamfitter



    Data courtesy of http://www.onetonline.org/



    In their second and third years, students enrolled in the Metal Technology program will have the opportunity to earn industry certifications.

    National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS):

    Measurement, Materials & Safety
    Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
    Manual Milling Skills I
    Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
    Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
    Grinding Skills I
    Drill Press Skills I
    CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
    CNC Turning: Operations
    CNC Milling: Operations
    Career Safe:
    General Industry Safety


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