Program Description

Trained machinists are continuously needed in engineering, manufacturing and fabrication companies. There are not enough new workers available to fill the entry-level positions. The CTE program prepares students for work as a machinist.

Students will learn to use, program and operate manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining (i.e. lathes and mill machines). They will also use computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) software.

Other skills include producing precision parts to design specification. Students must show the ability to use precision measuring equipment. Students will program and build projects on CNC machines. They must show their understanding of tolerance limits for each machining process. And they must verify that projects meet blueprint requirements.

The program covers industrial materials, the processes and the principles of material behavior. Students will also show proper use of CAM software. They will design, layout and build a project.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Shop Safety
  • Precision Measurements
  • Print Reading
  • Properties of Materials
  • Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machine Programming
  • CNC Operations – Drilling, etc.
  • CNC Machine Set Up and Operation

Business and Industry Partners

Greater Houston Manufacturing Association · Halliburton · HAAS Automation Inc. · Mausbach Company

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Manufacturing Diversified Manufacturing I Precision Metal Manufacturing I Precision Metal Manufacturing II

Industry Certifications

  • NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Certification Level 1
  • Level 1 Certificate – Lone Star College

Possible Career Pathways

  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Machinist
  • CNC Operator

Starting Salary

$45,000 - $50,000
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Partners

  • Texas A&M University – College of Manufacturing Engineering
  • Lone Star College