Machining Tech & Certified Production Technician

Hampshire Unit School: A School of Applied Science


COURSE NAME: Machining Technology/ Certified Production Technician                             

Teacher: Stephen Kelley

Room#: 132                                                                                                                               



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Machining Technology is a hybrid class that covers both the State standards for Machining Technology but also uses the MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standard Council) program.  MSSC is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the industry-wide core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s production workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.  The MSSC System awards “Certified Production TechnicianAE (CPTAE)” certificates to individuals who pass any or all of its five Production modules: (1) Safety; (2) Quality Practices & Measurement; (3) Manufacturing Processes & Production, (4) Maintenance Awareness and (5) Green Production. Applicable to all sectors of manufacturing, the MSSC’s “20/20 Vision” to assess at least 20 percent of the front-line production and material handing workforces within 20 years—a strategy for providing industry with a future pipeline of skilled workers.  MSSC offers industry a new set of tools to ensure that both entering and incumbent workers are flexible, easily trainable, and highly motivated knowledge workers able to keep pace with technological change—the “Industrial Athlete of the Future.” CPT is the only certification in manufacturing which has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute under ISO standard 17024.  Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards


SUPPLIES:                          Loose Leaf paper

                                    Mechanical or Wood Pencils.

Blue or Black ink Pen

16 GB Flash drive



  1. All work should be turned in on the assigned due date with a name and title.
  2. Work turned in without a name will likely not receive credit.
  3. Work turned in after due date will be penalized 10 points per day late unless other arrangements are made previous to due date.
  4. Tests and quizzes missed due to absence will be made up within two class periods of absence.Missing class instruction time should be avoided as much as possible.
  5. All students should follow all class and safety rules to prevent injury or illness.
  6. Consequences for breaking these rules will result in immediate corrective action to prevent further violations of this sort.
  7. Behavior and initiative is factored with grades and this is subject to the teacher. Remember that this is your workplace and you are the employee.
  8. Prejudice, Racism, Discrimination or any type of Bullying will never be tolerated at any time. This is non-negotiable.






            50%-  PROJECTS






1. Work in a Safe and Productive Manufacturing Workplace

2. Perform safety and environmental assessments

3. Perform emergency drills and participate in emergency teams

4. Identify unsafe conditions and take corrective action

5. Participate in safety training

6. Participate in equipment safely training

7. Suggest processes and procedures that support safety of work environment

8. Fulfill safety and health requirements for maintenance, installation, and repair

9. Monitor safe equipment and operator performance

10. Utilize effective, safety-enhancing workplace practices


Quality Practices & Measurements

1.  Participate in periodic or statistically based internal quality audit activities

2.  Check and document calibration of gauges and other data collection equipment

3. Suggest continuous improvements

4. Inspect materials and product/process at all stages to ensure they meet specifications

5. Document the results of quality tests

6. Communicate quality problems

7. Take corrective actions to restore or maintain quality

8.  Record process outcomes and trends

9.  Identify fundamentals of blueprint reading

10. Use common measurement systems and precision measurement tools



1. Identify customer needs

2. Determine resources available for the production process

3. Set up equipment for the production process

4. Set team production goals

5. Make job assignments

6. Coordinate work flow with team members and other work groups

7. Communicate production and material requirements and product specifications

8. Perform and monitor the process to make the product

9. Document product and process compliance with customer requirements

10. Prepare final product for shipping or distribution


Maintenance Awareness:

1. Perform preventive maintenance and routine repair

2. Monitor indicators to ensure correct operations

3. Perform all housekeeping to maintain production schedule

4. Recognize potential maintenance issues with basic production systems, including knowledge of when to

    inform maintenance personnel about problems with:

  • Electrical systems
  • Pneumatic systems
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Machine automation systems
  • Lubrication processes
  • Bearings and couplings
  • Belts and chain drives



1. Train workers in environmental issues

2. Implement and promote environmental programs, projects, policies or procedures

3. Conduct environmental incident & hazard investigations

4. Conduct preventive environmental inspections

5. Monitor environmental aspects at each stage of production

6. Implement continuous improvement in environmental assurance practices

7. Use advanced materials to reduce waste

8. Reprocess materials by recycling and reuse throughout

product life cycle to optimize waste reduction

Record process outcomes and trends

Identify fundamentals of blueprint reading


TESTING DATES:   All test dates will be provided to each student ahead of time. This includes Final Exam, Mid-Term and any daily test administered. Students shall make notes and remember these date for future reference.


PROJECT DUE DATES:   Projects will be given due dates related to depth of activity.  These dates and a grading rubric will be given at the beginning of each project.