What is Machine Tool Technology?
Machine tool technology encompasses several skill areas, such as blueprint reading, drill press, lathe, milling machine, and grinding operations. Within the trade there are also areas which use computer technology for design, production and inspection.
Would I Like Machine Tool Operations?
You might like machine tool technology if you:
- Want lots of job opportunities.
- Want good, competitive wages.
- Like to be physically active.
- Like challenging and diverse work.
- Need to feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Take pride in workmanship.
What Skills Must I Possess?
- Manual dexterity.
- Good eyesight.
- Good eye-hand coordination.
- The ability to concentrate on detailed work.
- Good math skills.
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Labor lists numerous occupations that are related to machine tool technology and those occupations are involved in producing more than 50% of the gross national product? Close to a million and a half people hold jobs as machinist, machine operators; tool & die makers and over half of them are in manufacturing industries. The need to replace aging, skilled machinists is acute. It is estimated that about 30% of the skilled machinists and 70% of all tool and die makers in North America will retire within the next 3 to 5 years.