Machining is a process where parts receive their final size and shape by the removal of chips using a shaped cutting tool. Traditional methods include sawing, turning on a lathe, milling, abrasive grinding, drilling and shaping machines. Modern methods use electrical discharge, abrasive water jet and lasers instead of a shaped cutting tool.
Students learn how to set up and operate these machines in order to productively and economically produce consumer products. They understand jig and fixture design, cutting tool choices, material machine ability, cutting speed and feed rates and can calculate machine time and cost estimates.