Program Description

Trained machinists are continuously needed in engineering, manufacturing and fabrication companies. There are not enough new workers available to fill the entry-level positions. The CTE program prepares students for work as a machinist.

Students will learn to use, program and operate manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining (i.e. lathes and mill machines). They will also use computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) software.

Other skills include producing precision parts to design specification. Students must show the ability to use precision measuring equipment. Students will program and build projects on CNC machines. They must show their understanding of tolerance limits for each machining process. And they must verify that projects meet blueprint requirements.

The program covers industrial materials, the processes and the principles of material behavior. Students will also show proper use of CAM software. They will design, layout and build a project.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Shop Safety
  • Precision Measurements
  • Print Reading
  • Properties of Materials
  • Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machine Programming
  • CNC Operations – Drilling, etc.
  • CNC Machine Set Up and Operation

Business and Industry Partners

Baker Hughes · Champion Tools · Greater Houston Manufacturing Association · GTNL Machine Shop · HAAS Automation Inc. · Halliburton · Ingersoll Cutting Tools · Mausbach Company · Nexgen · Paul Yeatts Enterprises · Penn Machine · UPS Machinery · VAM USA

College Partners

Lone Star College · Texas A&M University – College of Manufacturing Engineering

Program of Study

Industry Certifications

  • Mastercam (Associate Level)

Possible Career Pathways

  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator

*Median Pay Per Year

$44,110 – $52,550
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

*The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median Pay Per Year range includes occupations listed on Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Manufacturing Diversified Manufacturing I Precision Metal Manufacturing I Precision Metal Manufacturing II