Learn the art of CNC machining

Become A Machinist

The Precision Machining Program prepares students for great careers as machinists. Machinists are highly skilled operators that fabricate finished goods from a wide variety of materials. Students will learn to machine parts with high precision through the use of blueprints, sketches, or their own designs. Students begin training on manual lathes, mills, before moving into basic mechanical drafting, then learn to program and operate a CNC Machine. 


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What You Will Learn In The Precision Machining Program

Machining Fundamentals

Students will be introduced to Inspection tools (caliper, micrometer, height gage) and Manual Machines (mills, lathes, horizontal band-saw). 

CNC Principles

A few of the principles students will learn are: Intuit programming, Renishaw optical part probe use, CNC mill, CNC lathe safety, setup of tools, manual programming from drawing exercises, and setup and run part.

Shop Safety

Shop Safety is the most important thing in the machining industry, so we take safety very seriously. Students will learn about safety precautions and rules.

CNC Production

 Setup and run CNC production-type parts, build fixtures, and run multiple parts of the same type. Students will learn CAD / CAM basics.

From Our Machining Students

Is The machining Program Right For You?

This Program Is for Students Who:

  • Are eager to learn how to fabricate various designs using a variety of materials.
  • Pay attention to detail and have the desire to learn about multiple machines, their functions, and how to use them.
  • Are intrigued by the possibilities when using their ingenuity in combination with their new knowledge of machining.

    Students Love This Program Because:

    • They find value in the time they spend in the shop learning how to safely operate inspection tools and manual machines.
    • They prove their new skills with a final project to design, build, and utilize fabricated parts.

      About Your Precision machining Instructors

      Carl Beagley

      Carl Beagley is a journeyman machinist with 31 years of experience. He earned his Certificate in Manufacturing Operations from Dixie Tech and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Operations Management from Dixie State.
      Carl has vast experience in machining specialty materials such as nylon stainless steel, oil-lite bronze brass, and other various steel grades. “Being an Instructor at Dixie Tech allows me to share my 31 years of knowledge and experience in the machining field with students. It is very self-satisfying to watch them go from knowing almost nothing to graduating and making great local employees or starting their own machining business.”

      Brigg Lewis

      Brigg Lewis earned his Certificate in CNC Machining from Dixie Tech in 2012. After spending the next nine years in the industry, Brigg returned to Dixie Tech as an adjunct instructor, then as a full time faculty member in 2021. “ The only thing better than making stuff is showing other people how to make stuff.”

      Alfonso Gonzales

      Alfonso Gonzales has worked in the CNC Machining industry for over 25 years, including co-founding a successful medical device company. Alfonso earned a Manufacturing Operations certificate from Dixie Tech and went on to earn an AAS in Manufacturing Operations from Dixie State. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is also certified in 5-S, and the Toyota Production System (TPS).
      Alfonso joined the faculty at Dixie Tech in 2017. Of teaching he says: “I’m passionate about having the students know everything that I know…from safety aspects to all of the elements of machining. I want them to come out with the knowledge and skill to start their own company or do the job right for their employer”.

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