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Precision Machining: 3-Year Program

Program Overview

Butler Tech’s Precision Machining program offers a curriculum, designed to prepare students for a thriving career in advanced manufacturing. Beginning in the 10th grade, Fundamental Machining Applications, such as calculations, measurements, and the use of machine tools for tasks like cutting, drilling, and grinding are introduced. By the 11th grade, students advance to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology and dive into the world of computer-integrated manufacturing, gaining valuable insights into robotics, automation, and flexible manufacturing systems.

Personalized Capstone

The Precision Machining program culminates during the 12th-grade year with a Personalized Capstone Experience, allowing students to apply their acquired skills in real-world settings, often in partnership with community industries. This capstone offers an avenue for cooperative education or apprenticeships, giving students the opportunity to master the technical skills required in the industry and experience hands-on, authentic learning opportunities.

College Tech Prep Program

College-like instruction combined with hands-on activities prepare students for the technical occupations of the future, and a pathway to an associate degree or beyond. College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication, and technology.

Graduate from high school career-ready and college-prepared. Earn field credentials on an individualized basis, and the option to earn college credits to apply toward a college degree.


Operation and Control
Controlling the operation of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Monitoring/assessing the performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.



People interested in this work like activities that include practice, hands-on problems, and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Self-Control

Career Pathways 

  • CNC Operator
  • Engineer
  • Inspector
  • Manufacturing Maintenance

Program Highlights

Industry Overview

Professionals in the field create the pieces that move the world around us. From precise circuitry to automobiles, military equipment, and beyond, anything with parts is made possible by Precision Machining. As technology advances, the need for more sophisticated machinery and operators becomes essential. Use your hands and analytical and creative skills in an exciting future in Precision Machining.

Course Work

  • Machine Tools
  • Machining with Industrial Milling Machines & Lathes
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • CNC Technology with Industrial Mills & Lathes
  • Personalized Capstone Experience

Butler Tech has a unique partnership with local businesses, offering students hands-on opportunities like:

  • Job co-op experiences
  • Job shadowing
  • Internship
  • On-the-job-training


Students will have the opportunity to pursue credentials in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Welding