Advanced Technologies Manufacturing

PIE Center Pathways

Machining is a subtractive technical process in which material is cut into a final shape and size to create parts, tools, and instruments. Machining is typically used to shape metals, though it can also be used on a variety of other raw materials. Machine shops utilize equipment and tools like mills, lathes, and drill presses to cut material and 3D printers to add material.

Dual Enrollment Students will “train and learn on state-of-the-art Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment, lathes, mills, and other machines to create products used in the manufacturing environment. Instruction is given in related mathematics, blueprint reading, precision measuring, basic metallurgy, and heat-treating of metals. Incorporating the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards, students learn cutting-edge techniques based on recognized fundamentals.” TCAT-Athens

See your high school counselor for opportunities in the Machining Program of Study.


Automotive machinists

CNC Machinists

Die Makers

Gear Machinists

Maintenance Machinists

Manual Lathe Machinists

Metal Die Finishers

Metal Gauge Makers

Plastic Die Maker Apprentices

Precision Machinists

Production Machinists

Tool and Die Machinists

Tool Room Machinists


Post Secondary Certifications

Industry Certification:
NIMS Precision Machining

Post Secondary Certification:
Production Machine Tender 432 Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator 864 Certificate

Post Secondary Partners

Tennessee College of Applied Technologies-Athens
Cleveland State Community College

Community Partners

Clubs and Professional Organizations

Skills USA Career Technical Student Organization
“Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.”
Source: National Skills USA