Machining & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Manufacturing across the country is changing and creating many high-paying opportunities for trained, highly-skilled individuals. The LISD TECH Center teaches manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining – where the most job openings and best earnings potential are available. Successful students are often recruited for employment prior to graduation. Some companies offer students full employee benefits and opportunities for apprenticeships including college tuition reimbursement. 

Program Description

The Machining & Computer Aided Manufacturing program teaches students how to work in today’s advanced manufacturing facilities, to operate manual machine tools and to operate/program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines such as the machining center, turning center and surface grinder. Students will learn machine shop safety, industrial blueprint reading, related math, precision measurement and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Some basic welding and fabrication is included in the curriculum.

To Be Successful

Successful students in this program have good math skills, are comfortable with technology, pay attention to detail, are mechanically inclined, enjoy working with their hands, are good problem solvers and are self-motivated. Math is an important element of the program as students produce work that must meet precise measurements.

Student Organizations

FIRST Robotics

Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Machinist
  • CNC Machinist/Programmer
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Tooling Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

High School Credit*

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts. The academic credit listed above is for completion of 2 years.

  • 1.0 3rd Science requirement
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
  • 1.0 4th Math

College Credit Opportunities*

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Jackson College

Certification Opportunities

Jackson Area Manufacturers Association’s (JAMA) Academy for Manufacturing Careers**

** Successful students may earn credit waivers for related apprenticeship courses.


Al Constable, a former Sand Creek and LISD TECH Center student, started his career as a tool and die apprentice and completed his coursework at Jackson Community College. After working in the tool and die field for thirteen years, Al earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. He began his tenure at the TECH Center as an Advisory Committee member in 1988 before becoming the instructor in 2001.

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AJ Constable developed a love for machining by growing up around his grandfather’s tool and die shop.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.  Following graduation, AJ has spent the past five years learning the core concepts of building precision machinery and parts in an industrial setting as a machinist/tool and die maker.

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