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The Machine Tool Technology program offers students a project based opportunity to learn the machine trade by creating prototypes. Machining metal is the process of metal removal to create parts for everything from bicycle gears to jet engines. Students will learn how to use lathes, drill presses, milling machines, grinders and how to use precision measuring tools like verniers and micrometers to check the accuracy of the parts made to .001 of an inch, less than the diameter of a human hair. The projects may come from the community or students may design their own parts to create. Advanced students will do crossover projects with the Drafting class to learn more about engineering and CAD. Field trips to local companies will allow students to see the total manufacturing process. Articulation agreements are in place with SMCC and CMCC.