Automated Manufacturing Technology

Program Description

Students enrolled in the CTHSS Automated Manufacturing program are given instruction in and demonstrate skills and knowledge for entry-level employment in a paperless manufacturing environment.  Students will begin to study and use mechanical design and engineering technology, 3D modeling software, MasterCAM computer-aided manufacturing software, and computer-numerical control (CNC) programming software to design and create projects. Manufacturing methods are initiated with an introduction to CNC machinery and material types, along with their basic applications. Students start with small CNC metalworking projects, which lead to projects that are more complex. Prince Tech’s Automated Manufacturing program has 3D printing capability for aerospace and medical grade plastics, encouraging manufacturers to collaborate with our students on developing new designs and prototypes.

Students receive 540 hours of instruction in the career/technical program each year.

Students are eligible to participate in Work-Based Learning (WBL) in grades 11 & 12. This program allows companies to hire students during the school day to work on the manufacturing floor. Students will get credit for their work experience and it is an important pipeline for getting our students into industry.

To learn more about our program offerings, please view our Program of Studies.


Program Standards

  • Practice shop safety
  • Understand career opportunities in the engineering, drafting and manufacturing industry
  • Understand and apply ANSI & ASME drafting standards
  • Understand manufacturing and engineering processes
  • Demonstrate understanding of 2-D and 3-D CAD programs
  • Demonstrate dimensioning and applying tolerances per industry standards
  • Demonstrate design principles and practices
  • Operate lathes consistent with acceptable industry and safety standards
  • Operate vertical milling machines consistent with acceptable industry and safety standards
  • Demonstrate measuring, part Inspection, and quality control methods
  • Perform machine blueprint reading and sketching
  • Demonstrate layout methods and techniques
  • Operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines consistent with acceptable industry and safety standards
  • Apply CAD/CAM principles
  • Demonstrate proper work ethics, habits, and attitude for success in the workplace


Industry Certifications

  • OSHA 1910 (General Industry) certification
  • Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) Credential
  • National Institute of Metalworking (NIMS)
  • Level I Machining Credentials


Career Pathways

  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • CNC Machinist
  • CNC Production
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Quality and Inspection


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