Precision Machining

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Course Description

For Students

In precision machining, you would work with a number of machines such as bench grinders, mills, lathes, drill presses, belt sanders, and much more. Some examples of projects you might create include:

First Year:

  •  Hammer
  •  Dice
  •  Tap Wrench
  •  Key Chain
  •  Vice

Second Year:

  • Aluminum Hammer
  •  Dice
  •  V-Blocks
  •  Sine Bar
  •  Mill Stop
  •  1-2-3 Blocks

You will also have the opportunity to be involved with our Career and Technical Student Organization (SkillsUSA), where you will learn about leadership, competitive events, and much more!  There are also opportunities for through Ivy Tech's High School Competition, and the Vincennes Statewide Contest.


For Parents

5782 Precision Machining I is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the precision machining processes used in industry, manufacturing, maintenance, and repair. The course instructs the student in industrial safety, terminology, tools and machine tools, measurement and layout. Students will become familiar with the setup and operation of power saws, drill presses, lathes, milling machines, grinders and an introduction to CNC machine setup, operation and programming.

5784 Precision Machining II is a more in-depth study of skills learned in Precision Machining I with a stronger focus in CNC setup/operation/programming. Classroom activities will concentrate on precision set-up and inspection work as well as machine shop calculations. Students will develop skills in advanced machining and measuring parts involving tighter tolerances and more complex geometry. A continued focus on safety will also be included.




Dual Credit Institution


Dual Credit Courses

Year 1
PMTD 110

Year 2
PMTD 120

Potential Careers/Salary

Mechanical Engineer - $71,720 per year
Quality Control Inspector - $33,030 per year
Industrial Machinery Mechanic - $48,450 per year
Machinist - $38,310 per year
Maintenance Supervisor - $57,360 per year
Industrial Engineer - $69,270 pear year
Manufacturing Supervisor - $51,950 per year
Director of Engineering - $106,920 per year
Industrial Production Manager - $79, 830 per year

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, on the Internet at

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