Machine Technology


Teachers: Mr. Sheedy, Mr. Morales

The Machine Technology field works with a variety of tools to create machined parts from different materials within allowed tolerances. Jobs may vary from research and development work to production environments. Amachinist needs to have knowledge of the working properties of metals like steel, cast iron, aluminum, and brass as well as materials such as tungsten carbide, carbon fiber titanium. Mahchinists are required to have good math skills, and they work with fractions, decimals, formulas and basic trigonometry. Additionally, machinists need good computer and communication skills with a special ability to visualize objects as portrayed on blueprints.



student working student modeling
 Student: Victor Diaz Student: Modeling

Instructer Mr. sheety checks 3d printed part

3D part 
 Instructor: Mr. Sheedy checks 3d printed part  Instructor: Mr. Sheedy gets a 3D part








Competencies Students Obtain

The Machine Technology  path enables students to leave high school with knowledge and specific expectations of the future they want. In weatern Massachusetts, the Machine Tech field is expected to have a higher than average job growth over the next five years.  When students leave they obtain the knowledge of: 

  • Reading Blueprints
  • Measurements
  • Computerized Lathes
  • Milling Machines
  • Surface Grinders
  • Saws
  • Drill Presses 
  • Tool and Cutting Grinders
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Wire Discharge Machines

Career Outlook and Opportunities

As a die or tool machinist, students can expect to earn $19 per hour and/ or $40,000 per year. By the time students finish college in this field they can increase their salary by 1.5.  Leaving high school, graduating seniors earn their certification in this field along with their diploma. Career opportunities open up to them as well:

  • National Institute of Metal Working Skills 
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Operator
  • Gage or Instrument Maker
  • Machine Set-Up Worker
  • Maintenance Machinists
  • Programmer
  • Mechanical Technician



William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040