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Manufacturing Technologies

Manufacturing across the country is changing – and the change is creating many high-paying opportunities for skilled individuals, especially in the Jackson area! Much of the experienced manufacturing workforce is retiring – creating openings in high-paying jobs from mechanical engineers to machine operators. Area manufacturers often offer our top students college scholarships and/or paid on-the-job training opportunities.

Students in the Manufacturing Technologies program will learn to operate conventional mills, lathes, grinders, and drill presses. Through the modules, they learn to program and operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to use Edgecam, Solid Works, and MasterCAM software and create programs to run on CNC machines.

The Career Center offers some of the most modern manufacturing equipment available in the area, including our state-of-the-art rapid prototyping machine and a FANUC six-axis robot. This ensures students will gain experience in industry-modeled techniques.

A typical day in the machining program will involve both classroom time and lab time. Students will be responsible for completing a combination of both bookwork and piecework assignments.

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success indicators for all programs

Potential Jobs

  • CNC Programmers
  • Machinists
  • Millwrights
  • Sheet Metal Workers

Potential Careers with Income

Career Credentials & Certifications

  • Machinist
  • CAD/CAM Software
  • Programmer/CNC Operator
  • Robotic Applications

Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take classes at Jackson College while remaining a high school student through the Jackson County Early College (JCEC). Students commit to a 13th year of high school and can complete a degree or certification that transfers to major universities at little-to-no additional cost. Students must commit by October of their junior year to be a part of the JCEC.

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