Lyndon Institute
An independent day and boarding school for grades 9 - 12 located in northeastern Vermont

Precision Machining

Precision Machining prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of shaping metal work pieces.  Students will also machine and shape other materials like wood, laminates, acrylic, solid surface and rendition materials.  Emphasis is placed upon bench work and the operation of lathes, power saws, milling machines, grinders, planers and computerized numerical controlled (CNC) machines.  Instruction also includes; the use of precision measuring instruments such as layout tools, various micrometers, calipers and indicating gauges; various methods of machining; blueprint reading; and layout of work pieces before machining.  Instruction prepares students to setup and operate all types of manual and CNC machines.  Students will become familiar with a wide variety of hand tools and equipment associated with a manufacturing machine shop, wood shop and a home shop environment.  The skills learned in this class will be useful throughout a student’s lifetime.  The course begins with a week of tool and shop safety.  The students will demonstrate safe usage of all equipment during the school year. There are at least 10 assigned projects that vary in difficulty and tool usage. 

Students enrolled in this program will also be allowed a dual enrollment in one college class per year with Central Maine Community College.  There are four college credits students can earn from these two free classes.  These credits are transferable to most any Vermont college. See Central Maine Community College syllabus and dual enrollment expectations in the Course Syllabus/Machining Handbook.

Link: Precision Machining Course Syllabus/Handbook

Title:  Introduction to Machining                                                 
Topic:  History and Introduction to Machining
Weeks: One week                                                                   Designer: Gerald Leonard
Unit Synopsis:
Students will explore the history of Precision Machining and related manufacturing fields to understand where we progressed from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution until manufacturing as we know it today.
Title: College and Career Exploration                                                  
Topic:  Precision Machining and other related Manufacturing Field.
Weeks: One week                                                                   
Unit Synopsis:
Students will identify opportunities in the Precision Machining and related manufacturing fields to determine what type of skills and education are required in order to be successful in those jobs.
Title: Workplace Skills and Safety                                                  
Topic:  Safety in the Workplace
Weeks: Two weeks                                                                   
Unit Synopsis:
Every career requires certain skills for success, and careers in machining are no different.  This unit will help students understand what those skills are.  Safety is a primary concern when working in any machining environment.  This unit will help students identify hazards in the work place and teach them how to work safely within a machining environment. These skills also are required to work safely in any type of setting in manufacturing.
Title: Measurement                                                  
Topic:  Precision Measurement
Weeks: Seven weeks                                                                   
Unit Synopsis:
Eli Whitney’s development of interchangeability of machine parts in the early 1800’s required the use of very precisely measured parts. This unit is a complete understanding of precision measurement and the tools or measuring devices used for the practice of measuring.
Title: Quality                                                   
Topic:  Quality Assurance, Process Planning and Materials
Weeks: Four weeks                                                                  Designer: Gerald Leonard
Unit Synopsis:
In the machining industry there are many different secondary or supportive, actions that take place.  Quality assurance, material science, and heat treatment of materials are just three of these. Students will learn there are integral ties to all three of these support activities in this unit.
Title: Turning                                                  
Topic:  Introduction to the Lathe
Weeks: Seven weeks                                                                   
Unit Synopsis: The engine lathe is one of the most versatile and oldest machine tools in the machining field.  The principal operation of the engine lathe is to rigidly hold and rotate a work piece against a cutting tool.  The lathe is used to produce a wide variety of cylindrical parts.
Title: Benchwork and Handtools                                                 
Topic:  Job Planning, Benchwork, Handtools  and Layout
Weeks: Six weeks                                                                   Designer: Gerald Leonard
Unit Synopsis:
Students will learn the importance of engineering drawings to the manufacture of precise parts. Layout is a term used to describe the process of locating and marking a workpiece as a visual reference to guide machine operations.  Students will learn the proper use of layout tools and hand tools to be able to setup and operate machine tools correctly.
Title: Drill Press                                                 
Topic:  Drilling operations on a drill press
Weeks: Two weeks                                                                  
Unit Synopsis:
Students will become familiar with drill press safety guidelines when performing any drill press operations. 
Earn college credit!

Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:


Early Childhood Education
-    Intro to Early Childhood Education
     3 credits
-    Communication in Early Childhood 
     and After School Workplace
     3 credits
-    Infant and Toddler Development
     3 credits
-    Fostering Creativity - 3 credits

Central Maine Community College

Allied Health 
-    Medical Terminology - 3 credits
Precision Machining
-    Intro to Lathes - 2 credits
-    Intro to Milling & Grinding - 
2 credits


Lyndon Institute
168 Institute Circle
P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT  05850
844-277-1645 (toll-free)
802-535-3636 (local)
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Lyndon Institute is a comprehensive, independent high school providing thoughtful and rigorous preparation for students of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and beyond to reach their intellectual, creative, and physical potential.