Engineering Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Machine Trade & Tool Operation


Brandywine High School
Coloma High School
Lakeshore High School

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Computer Control Operator
  • Machine Setter
  • Metal Tender
  • Tool & Die Maker

GRADES: 11-12

*This course may be available for college credit through Lake Michigan College.

Class Description

The first semester focuses on technical hands-on experiences in manufacturing. Included will be precision machining, manufacturing graphics, plastics processing, and machine building/repair. This course will explore a variety of career opportunities and manufacturing processes, and provide visitation to key local industries. Achievement of selected competencies would qualify the student for entry into the precision machining second semester.

Manufacturing Academy II will reinforce and build on the concepts introduced in the first year of this program. Several options are offered at various sites. Each includes a worksite-based component and placement assistance. Articulation for community college credit will be addressed on an individual basis.

Content Areas

  • Print Reading and Drafting
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Precision Measurement
  • Careers and Employment
  • Machine Tool Operations

Career Outlook

Machinists and Tool & Die Makers use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.

The median hourly wage of machinists and tool and die maker was $21.99 in 2019.

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-20 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Updated 11/20/2020