Pearl River Community College

Precision Manufacturing and Machine Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology is an instructional program that prepares individuals to shape metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, and milling machines. Included is instruction in making computations related to work dimensions, testing feeds and speeds of machines; using precision measuring instruments such as layout tools, micrometers, and gauges; machining and heat-treating various metals; and laying out machine parts. Also included is instruction in the operation and maintenance of computerized equipment.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field:

  1. A machinist should have the tolerance to produce and gather engineering parts made from a variety of materials, to within size distinctions of only a few hundredths of an inch.
  2. A machinist must also be proficient in handling the current and latest tools at his disposal, from hand and measuring paraphernalia to machine tools.
  3. A machinist must have a keen eye for interpreting 2-D engineering illustrations/blueprints of engineering components or machines. He must also plan and economically complete the manufacture of the components utilizing the available time and equipment.
  4. A machinist must have a keen eye for interpreting 2-D engineering illustrations/blueprints of engineering components or machines. He must also plan and economically complete the manufacture of the components utilizing the available time and equipment.
  5. A good machinist must have a high level of craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is the sum of all the skills that is mentioned. A machinist should always find ways to create an economical, safe and effective ways to enhance the productivity of the company.

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Possible Careers in this Program: Maintenance Machinist, Production Machinist, CNC Operator, CNC Programmer, Self Employed, Manufacturing

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Employment of machinists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these systems.

Job prospects for machinists is expected to be good, primarily because of the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: In 2016, the median hourly wage for machinists was $20.00 per hour or $41,700 per year. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm

Mission of Program: Pearl River Community College Precision Machining Program is a career-based education/skill learning format for students planning a serious future as a professional Machinist. We will provide affordable, quality training by qualified instructors.

Goals of Program: The Goal of Our program is to produce adequate entry-level machinist into the workforce.