Offered for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, Precision Machining Technology is designed to prepare students interested in pursuing a career path and/or post-secondary training opportunities in various metalworking occupations. Students in this program will learn the safe use of hand tools and the set-up and operation of conventional machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and surface grinders. The emphasis of the training focuses on the set-up, operation, and programming of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools. CAD/CAM programming software instruction and training is a key component of CNC instruction. Additionally, the interpretation of engineering drawings, semi-precision and precision measurement, heat treatment, statistical process control, material characteristics, and metallurgy are components of the curriculum.