In this program, students will learn fundamental skills for machining metal and other materials. They will create a series of projects that progress from simple to complex. They will learn to read blueprints and to measure to one thousandth of an inch (.001″). They will use lathes, milling machines, surface grinders, saws, drill presses, and a variety of hand tools. Students may eventually use the machine shop computer lab and set up, operate, and program CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. Students will also gain exposure to Electrical Discharge Machining, (EDM) process. Throughout the program experience, a student’s job readiness and mastery of occupational skills will be measured based on testing and standards provided through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc., (NIMS). Students successfully completing the (NIMS) testing will receive national certification for each credentialing area and may become eligible for advanced placement credits toward a college degree.