Machine Technology Program on Mass Live
- September 2013
The Machine Technology Instructors, Daniel Morgan and Thomas Tourigny, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.
The Machine Technology program trains students for entry-level positions as machinists. Students are trained in general shop safety, specific machine safety and in the development of good work skills. Students are trained in the use of metalworking machinery to produce shop projects and other work pieces from a variety of metals and plastics. They are involved with layout practices, setup and operation of the various machines, inspection, use of precision measuring tools as well as machine maintenance and repair. Instruction includes CNC (computer numeric control) equipment, basic engine lathes, horizontal and vertical milling machines, surface grinders, drill press, tool and cutter grinders, pedestal grinders and heat treatment are an integral part of the program. Related, specific technical information is given weekly. Emphasis is placed on safety, a strong work ethic, and working to industry standards.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Students gain experience by assisting with FCTS facility projects, along with occasional projects for municipal and non-profit groups. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill, but there is nothing like using those skills for real,under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your supervisor.
Machine Technology Customer Work: FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulating environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum.
Students are also trained in various Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining processes, which include programming, set-up and operation. Students also participate in intensive related theory classes each day, along with instruction in the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) software and the associated practices of each.
In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the class/shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law.
Co-op provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student's educational objectives. Students participating in the Co-op Education program receive compensation for their work.