Terry Jamison

Precision Machining Technology

Instructor:  Terry Jamison

York County School of Technology - Precision Metal Technology program offers a variety of opportunities to our students. Students must possess the ability to reason, follow written and verbal instruction, the ability to work independently, the ability to get along with others, be safety conscious, possess strong writing and mathematical skills. 

The Precision Metal Machining curriculum includes:

  • Shop safety
  • OSHA Safety Training/Certification
  • Manual lathe operations
  • Vertical milling operations
  •  Manual horizontal milling machines
  •  Surface grinding
  •  Drill press
  •  Blue print reading
  •  Geometric tolerancing
  •  Proper use of handtools
  •  Inspection gauges and their uses (to within +/-.0005")
  • Mathematics - trigonometry, geometry, algebra
  • Students will  learn how to program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. Plus, learn how to set up and run CNC trainer lathes including one manufacturing type CNC turning center and one manufacturing type CNC vertical mill.
  • York County School of Technology is a nationally accredited program through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.  Students earn credentials towards their national machinist apprenticeship while in school.
  • The Precision Metal Machine Technologies is a "College in the High School" program. This program allows the student to earn college credit while attending high school.  Courses available are: MWT 102 Blue Print Reading, MWT 112 Basic Power Tools, MWT 111 Introduction to Metalworking, and MDES 207 Machine Shop Theory and Practice
  • Please reference the "Scrapbook" located on this "Home" page for pictures of shop and further detail of operations listed above. 

Instructor's background: 

  • Graduated from York County School Of Technology on 1983. Course of study auto mechanics.  
  • Journeyman machininst
  • Teaching Certification - Penn State - Vocational Education
  • Adjunct Professor - Harrisburg Area Community College, Precision Metalworking
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Program Title (as approved by the JOC)

CIP Code(s) 48.0501 Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
SOC Code (s) 51-4041 Machinist


High Priority Occupation? Yes

Program of Study? Yes

Program Course Content (Scope and Sequence)

As a Level 1 student, I will learn:

General Shop Safety, Hand Tool Safety,Fractions, Decimals, Hand Tools (types and uses), Power Saws (As time permits), Measuring Tools (As time permits), Bench Work Procedures (As time permits), Occupational Outlook (As time permits), Personal Traits (As time permits), Type of Employers (As time permits)

As a Level 2 student, I will learn:

Power Saws, Pedestal Grinder, Engine Lathe.  The student will continue their studies in: General Shop Safety, Print Reading, Measuring Tools, Reading of the Micrometer, Shop Math, Speeds and Feeds

As a Level 3 student, I will learn:

Engine Lathe, Vertical Milling Machine, Hand and Automatic Surface Grinders, Drill Press. The student will continue their studies in: Employment in Machine Trades, Use of Vernier Measuring Tools, Print Reading, Dial Indicators, Geometric Tolerances, Shop Math, Speeds and Feeds, School to Career Graduation Project

As a Level 4 student, I will learn:

Engine Lathe, Vertical Milling Machine, Hand and Automatic Surface Grinders, Drill Press, CNC Equipment.  The student will continue their studies in: Bench Work, Print Reading, Inspection and Gages, Inspection and Gages, Geometric Tolerances, Shop Math, Speeds and Feeds, C.N.C. Practices

Criteria for Admission:

Physical Skills – Be able to lift approximately 50 pounds and bend at the waist and knees without difficulty.  Exhibit physical skills such as walking, standing, lifting, and climbing. Student should possess good vision, speech and fine motor skills (good manual and finger dexterity). 

Mathematical skills – Be able to understand basic knowledge of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.  Convert and/or perform practical applications involving fractions and decimals, percentages, measurement, ratio and proportion. Calculate surface area, volume, weights, measures and circumference. 

Reading skills – Student should be able to read and understand what is written on a high school level.  Textbooks that are used are written on a 12th grade level.

Expectations of students in the program

Students are expected to maintain good academic grades, not to have excess absences or be a discipline issue. Students are expected to learn a trade, build upon skills both academically and trade related.

Characteristics of successful students:

Students should have the desire to learn a trade.  Employers in this trade are looking for students that do not have absentee issues or discipline issues.  Students must be self starters and follow shop projects to completion. Quality of work in is this field is a must, along with attention to detail. This shop is a progression shop and builds upon skills already taught and mastered.

Uniform and Supplies:

Students will be supplied safety glasses their first year only.  Students are to provide: 3” three ring binder, safety boots, required shop shirts (quantity of 3), coveralls (blue in color) or blue/black Dickies pants or a shop apron. Students are required to launder their own uniforms.

Certifications and skills:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires students in Precision Machining to take four of the seven required Level I tests from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).  The Pennsylvania Department of Education will pay the cost associated with this testing.  If the student fails the written test, they may retake the written test at their own expense to obtain the NIMS credentials.  Students will not be permitted to go out on Co-Op until these tests are completed.

School to Career Opportunities such as Cooperative Education, Internships, YCAL programs:

The Precision Metal Machine program is supported by a number of employers within York County.  For those students that qualify co-op positions are available with companies such as: American Hydro, Precision Custom Components, Crescent Industries, VR Machinery, just to name a few.

Articulation Agreements:

ThaddeusStevensSchoolof Technology
HarrisburgAreaCommunity College– College in the High School

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

2 year programs:HarrisburgAreaCommunity College– Machining Technology
4 year programs: Pennsylvania School of Technology

Career Opportunities based on Post-secondary options:

Careers with a high school diploma - Apprenticeships – Machinist, Tool and Die Mechanic/Machinist. Machine Operator
Careers with 2 years of post-secondary training - Apprenticeships – Machinist, Tool and Die/Machinist. Machine Operator, Quality inspector, CNC operator, CNC programmer, Gun Smith
Careers with 4 years of post-secondary training – Journeyman Machinist, Tool and Die Mechanic/Machinist, Automotive machinist, Supervisor
Careers with 4 years + of post-secondary training – Manufacturing engineer, Industrial engineer

The Precision Metal Machine program at York County School of Technology is a recognized College in the High School program.  Students may take machining courses, offered at the YCSTech campus, that will earn the student college credit through Harrisburg Area Community College.  These credits may be transferred to other college entities that recognize HACC credits.