The Manufacturing Technology Program provides instruction on metal millers, grinders, lathes and computer-numerical controlled (CNC) machinery. Theory is taught every day and is directed to all phases of information needed to use the various machines and machine accessories, as well as setup and operation procedures. The remainder of the day is project oriented and students make the tools necessary for the trade.
Training includes the use of various accessories, such as the milling vise, dividing head, rotary table and angle iron. Students are taught the use of a large variety of measuring tools, such as the micrometer, vernier, gauge block and indicator.
Advantages of the Trade
A wide variety of job opportunities are available from semi-skilled to professional-level jobs. Some of those jobs might require further education and/or training.
The work is interesting and the field is considered highly technical.
Upon completion of the program at Bristol TEC, a student receives a certificate worth 900 credit hours toward a state-approved apprenticeship program.
Selected students may be offered the opportunity to continue their training at Bristol TEC for a second year at a more intensive level. Work-based Learning is available to qualified students. This gives students an opportunity to work in the field at local facilities and receive credit for their work.
The world is rapidly moving into the era of total technology and someone must make the machines that create the technology. Machinists are those workers.
Employment opportunities for machinists or tool and die makers will increase significantly every year, well into the next century. Opportunities for numerical control machine-tool operators are expected to increase faster than average. Computer numerical controlled operators and machinists are in high demand.
Jobs in this trade area are:
- CNC Programmer
- Metalworking Machinist
- Industrial Machinist
- Aircraft and Parts Machinist
- Plastic-working Machine Operator
- Tool and Die Maker
- Instrument Maker
Bristol TEC students have been placed in a variety of areas including machining, tool and die apprenticeship, computer-controlled machinery and machine maintenance. Many of our students continue their technical education and enter the fields of programming for computer-controlled machining and manufacturing engineering.