Precision Metalworking

A machinist doesn’t think of metal as something hard and unchangeable because they can change it into anything they want.

Students in Precision Metalworking setup and operate machines to fabricate and repair parts and components. A machinist performs cuts on materials to bring it to the desired shape and dimensions. Metal blocks can be transformed into intricate parts such as sprockets, gears, pistons, tools, wheels, and molds. These parts are then assembled into cars, bikes or the machinery which mass produce every conceivable manufactured good.

Machinists are the foundation of all industries, and without them no manufacturing or construction job would exist. Machinists are the only skilled workers capable of reproducing the actual tool they are using! Precision Metalworking students are highly sought out by local employers, and have one of the highest job placement rates in the school. Many students pursue careers in engineering.

You can qualify for advanced placement (up to 15 credits) at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology and the Harrisburg Area Community College.

Check out the following link to see a glimpse of what can be done with a CNC in a Machine Shop!

Post-Secondary Opportunities

The Precision Metalworking program at SUN Tech can provide advanced placement at The Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Harrisburg Community College, and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology for students who wish to further their machine training. Qualified students can earn up to 15 credits, resulting in substantial savings in the cost of their college education. Students can also earn NIMS level 2 credentials at these sites.


  • Students earn NIMS Level I credentials


These are a few of the many manufacturing companies that hire machinists.

  • Brubaker Tool Co.
  • Fairfield Manufacturing
  • QE Manufacturing
  • Keystone Forge
  • Accu-mold & Tool Co.
  • Brush Industries
  • ConAgra
  • Playworld
  • Pik Rite
  • Lozier
  • DGM
  • EIT
  • Goulds Pumps
  • Yorktowne
  • NTM
  • PP&L
  • Keystone Sporting Arms
  • TPS
  • Pro Plastix
  • Northway Industries
  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Wood-Mode
  • Top Notch CNC

Program of Study

Precision Metalworking is a SOAR approved program of study. This means that successful completion of this program earns you college credits that can be transferred to participating state colleges and universities.

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Program Uniform

This program requires specific program attire, which may be purchased from the following link.

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