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Precision Machining

Precision Machining

PA Dept of Education | CIP Code 48.0501

Today's modern manufacturing requires the use of sophisticated machine tools. These tools encompass the use of computers which program and operate the machines. The machinist of today not only needs basic machining skills but also now must have the expertise of computer operations. The training program consists of precision measuring, machine tool operating, blueprint reading, metal characteristics, electric discharge machinery, computer programming, and advanced mathematics.

In addition to these skills, students may earn credentials through N.I.M.S. (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) based upon national machining standards. After earning these credentials, it is possible for a student to go straight into the manufacturing industries and earn family-sustaining wages with or without post-secondary education or training.

Occupational Profile: For information on this occupation's description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state and national wages, and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor's site for this career field at:

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