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Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) - Machining

What is a precision machinist?

Precision machinists are responsible for the operation of machine tools and also for writing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs that are used to control automated manufacturing systems and equipment.  Precision machinists take engineering specifications and developing procedures and programmed instructions to manufacture requested components.

What skills are required?

Strong math, communication and problem-solving skills are needed.  Precision machinists must be knowledgeable in many areas such as computer systems, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Machining (CAM), manufacturing processes, machine tools and metallurgy.

Where are they employed?

Precision machinists are employed in all types of industries including aerospace, textile, agriculture, electronics and manufacturing industries such as machinery manufacturing and transportation equipment manufacturing.

What is the average salary?

Precision machinists' median hourly earnings were $17.84 in 2006.

What else do I need to know?

  • Modern machine tools are primarily computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.
  • LCC's newly built and fully equipped labs on West Campus are furnished with the best and most up-to-date equipment for hands-on learning.
  • LCC is a Haas Technical Education Center.  The Haas/LCC partnership means that new CNC equipment is bought on a continuing basis.

For more information contact the program
advisor at: (517) 483-1343.

MET Machining at Lansing Community College

Applied Manufacturing Technologies
West Campus Room 103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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