Manufacturing across the country is changing – and the change is creating many high-paying opportunities for skilled individuals, especially in the Jackson area! Much of the experienced manufacturing workforce is retiring – creating openings in high-paying jobs from mechanical engineers to machine operators. Area manufacturers often offer our top students college scholarships and/or paid on-the-job training opportunities.
Students in the Precision Machining/Computer Aided Machining (CAM) program will learn to operate conventional mills, lathes, grinders, and drill presses. Through the modules, they learn to program and operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to use Edgecam, Solid Works, and MasterCAM software and create programs to run on CNC machines.
The Career Center offers some of the most modern manufacturing equipment available in the area, including our state-of-the-art rapid prototyping machine and a FANUC six-axis robot. This ensures students will gain experience on industry modeled techniques.
A typical day in the machining program will involve both classroom time and lab time. Students will be responsible for completing a combination of both bookwork and piecework assignments.
Students in Precision Machining also have the option to be part of the JAC3 Early / Middle College, which allows for dual enrollment at Jackson College, apprenticeships, and employment with local area manufacturers.
Career Credentials & Certifications
- CAD/CAM Software
- Programmer/CNC Operator
- Robotic Applications
Area manufacturing businesses offer college tuition and scholarships for students in this class. Click the JAC3 link to learn more.