• Precision Machining/CAM

    Cutting Edge!

  • 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.


    Success Indicators

    • Above average verbal and numeric skills
    • Above average learning ability and mechanical reasoning skills
    • Ability to make good judgments
    • Ability to stay focused and on task
    • Ability to problem solve
    • Computer literacy
    • Does well in Algebra and Geometry
    • Has a fascination with how things work
    • Has the ability to work independently


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Precision Machining
  • Instructor

    Bill Pogue
     (517) 768-5105

    Davenport University
    Ferris State University
    Jackson College
    Career Credentials & Certifications
    CAD/CAM Software
    Programmer/CNC Operator
    Robotic Applications
    Area manufacturing businesses offer college tuition and scholarships for students in this class.
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