Machine Tool Technology


Mr. Matthew Coye, Mr. David Sommerville


Machine Tool Technology provides training and work experience across the broad spectrum of manufacturing equipment. Students learn how to manufacture metal parts using lathes, milling machines, drilling machines, and grinders. Students learn to design components on Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and build components of complex machinery including engines, tooling systems, to make a robotics parts and other projects that require precision design, manufacturing and assembly using principles of engineering.

A partnership with Compumachine, Inc., provides 27 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) state-of-the-art machines in the Compumachine Technology Center, which is the student’s Machine Tech laboratory. In the lab are three Hyundai WIA i-CUT 380Ti CNC Milling Centers; one Hyundai WIA i-CUT 380T; two Hyundai WIA E160A CNC Turning Centers; one Hyundai WIA E160LMA CNC Turning Center with five live tools for milling; eight manual Victor Lathes; one Hanwha 12 mm 9 axis CNC Swiss Turn Machine; Simulators for FANUC CNC Controls; and a 3D Printing Machine for part production.

Students gain proficiency in CNC programming by using the suite of these high tech systems in a program that emphasizes advanced tool and die and CNC machining skills. Students become proficient using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, as well as gain hands-on experience programing machines directly. From fundamentals to advanced component design, our students learn to be accurate. They learn how to hold and cut different shapes and materials within precise tolerances and dimensions. Students are exposed to and trained in leading technologies such as Additive Processes (3D Printing), as well as industry-standard computer software MasterCam and SolidWorks.

Machine Tool Technology students have co-operative educational opportunities at local companies at the end of their junior year and throughout senior year. Graduates of our program choose careers or continue education in two- and four-year college engineering and design programs or in certificate programs at professional institutes.

Career Paths

  • Precision Machinist
  • CNC Setup Programmer
  • Quality Control (QC)
  • Toolmaker
  • Journeyman Machinist
  • Engineering—Industrial, Manufacturing, Auto, Aero, Robotics, etc.
  • Research and Development

Related Activities and Programs

  • Central Maine Community College Articulation agreements (8 credits
  • Southern Maine Community College Articulation agreements (6 credits)
  • Central Maine Community College Dual enrollment agreements (4 credits)
  • National Robotics League (NRL)
  • NorthShore Community College—Early College Program
  • SkillsUSA Competition
  • US First Robotics