Almost every product made by American industry contains metal parts or is manufactured by machines made with metal parts. With high demand for this type of equipment, Trenholm State Community College offers a highly specialized program to prepare students to become general machinists. A machinist must use intricate technology to operate various metal-working machines and machine tools that cut, drill, grind, or otherwise form a piece of metal accurately into precise dimensions.
Trenholm State offers several options in Machine Tool Technology that are designed to equip a student with the skills and technical knowledge needed to be a success in this interesting field. The student is assigned specific lab projects which must be completed while studying the theory directly related to the projects. Additionally, each student is taught to read blueprints, determine sequence of operations, make set-ups, and select the correct machines for the job.
Due to the cost associated with the manufacture of metal components, more businesses are using molded plastic where engineering specifications will allow. As the use of molded components has increased, so has the need for individuals with a background in injection molding. Mold tools are primarily made in machine shops so Trenholm State has incorporated injection molding into its Machine Tool Technology program in order to meet this demand.