Student studies machine mechanics.

Metal Mania

Summer 2023

10 Seats Available—Free to Students

Metal Mania at Mid-State Technical College is open to high school students, college students, those currently employed, and job seekers interested in the high demand field of machining. Student tuition and other program costs are fully funded through the Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship. Successful completion will result in earning the Metal Mania: Turning Machines local certificate and five Mid-State Precision Machining Technician program credits. 

Classes run Monday through Thursday, June 12 to July 26. No classes will be held July 3–7.

Complete the application by May 26 to participate.



Safety, Measurement and Layout • 1 credit
Monday – Thursday, June 12 – 29
8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Class #: 40698
In this course students become familiar with the machine shop environment. An overview of safety is covered with emphasis in lathes, mills, cut-off machines, and grinders. Learners are also introduced to measurement with various types of precision measurement tools, including micrometers, height gages, and calipers.

Introduction to Turning Machines • 2 credits
June 12 – 20 
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Class #: 40699
This course will introduce functions and capabilities of turning machines known as lathes. Activities and hands-on lab exercises will be used to introduce learners to the most common applications of lathes in the machine shop. Shop safety, terminology, and identification of turning machines and related equipment in a machine shop environment will be introduced. Learners will also gain an understanding of basic setup and metal cutting processes performed on turning machines.

CNC Lathes Set Up and Operation • 2 credits
July 10 – July 26
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class #: 40697
In this introductory Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining course, students will practice the skills needed to setup and operate CNC lathes. Classroom presentations and lab projects will focus on safety, theory, terminology as it relates to completing machine setups in the CNC lathe. Topics covered will be tool and work offset setting, work holding and quality. Learners will work with proven CNC part programs and setup documents to create parts to specifications and ensure all parts of a production run maintain quality throughout the run.


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If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the coordinator as soon as possible, ideally 14 days in advance.