The Machine Technology Program
at Franklin County Tech offers students the opportunity to experience the latest technology in the machine tool industry.
Our Students
receive training through hands-on experience that replicates operations used in industry.
Graduates can gain employment
as manufacturing technicians, inspectors, machinists, tool and die makers, and computerized numerically controlled programmers.
The Machine Technology program offers students the opportunity to experience the latest technology in the machine tool industry. Machine tool technology students receive training through hands-on experience that replicates operations used in industry. Metal parts are produced through the use of lathes, millers, surface grinders, Computerized Numerical Control (C.N.C.) machines, electrical discharge machine, and heat-treating.

"There are over 400 manufacturing companies in Western Mass. alone and a skilled work force in the area is key to keeping them local and competitive globally."

About Machine Technology

Our Instructors

The Machine Technology Instructors, Daniel Morgan and Thomas Tourigny, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.

Curriculum

The Machine Technology program trains students for entry-level positions as machinists. Students are trained in general shop safety, specific machine safety and in the development of good work skills. Students are trained in the use of metalworking machinery to produce shop projects and other work pieces from a variety of metals and plastics. They are involved with layout practices, setup and operation of the various machines, inspection, use of precision measuring tools as well as machine maintenance and repair. Instruction includes CNC (computer numeric control) equipment, basic engine lathes, horizontal and vertical milling machines, surface grinders, drill press, tool and cutter grinders, pedestal grinders and heat treatment are an integral part of the program. Related, specific technical information is given weekly. Emphasis is placed on safety, a strong work ethic, and working to industry standards.

Projects

FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Students gain experience by assisting with FCTS facility projects, along with occasional projects for municipal and non-profit groups. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill, but there is nothing like using those skills for real,under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your supervisor.

Machine Technology Customer Work: FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulating environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum.

Machine Technology Instructors

Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan Technical Instructor
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Thomas Tourigny
Thomas Tourigny Technical Instructor
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Leslie Pomainville
Leslie Pomainville Technical Instructor
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"It is critical that we fill skilled manufacturing jobs to sustain Western Massachusetts’ ability to keep these employers in this area."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Machine Technology Trade

  • o    Strong understanding of math calculations
                          and attention to detail
  • o    Ability to read and follow directions
  • o    Ability to interpret prints and drawings
  • o    Mechanical aptitude
  • o    Application of critical thinking skills
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities in Machine Technology

  • o    Precision Machinist
  • o    Tool Maker
  • o    Mold Maker
  • o    Industrial Technician
  • o    Manufacturing
  • o    Precision Machining for the medical field
  • o    Aircraft Industries
  • o    Military
  • o    CAD Design/Machine
  • o    Programming

Technology Training

Students are also trained in various Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining processes, which include programming, set-up and operation. Students also participate in intensive related theory classes each day, along with instruction in the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) software and the associated practices of each.

Grading Policy

In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the class/shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law.

Coop Oportunities

Co-op provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student's educational objectives. Students participating in the Co-op Education program receive compensation for their work.

"As a machinist, you shape the tools and objects that make up our life, from hammers to housewares; you will operate equipment such as lathes, drill presses, milling machines and grinders, many of which are computer numerically controlled (CNC)."

Machine Technology Spotlight

"For students wishing to go on to higher education, opportunities include mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, and vocational teaching opportunities."

Machine Technology News

Machine Technology Program on Mass Live

The machine tooling school at Franklin Country Technical School has gotten a facelift thanks to industry partners and the state. Click for Gallery

Manufacturers aim to retool Tech School machine shop

When local manufacturing companies look at Franklin County Technical School, they see eager students who are not getting the proper training they need to enter today’s work force. See story

"Excellent employment opportunities exist in the Northwest and throughout the U.S. "

Machine Technology Videos

American Graduate: Franklin County Tech | Connecting Point | Dec. 17, 2014

Connecting Point contributor Carolee McGrath profiles a technical school in Franklin County that’s helping kids find what they’re passionate about and turning that into a career after graduation. We profile the machine technology department that’s placing grads into high paying jobs. Many of these students have continued on to college pursuing engineering degrees — but they admit they might not have stayed in school if wasn’t for the hands education they received.

On the Road in Franklin County: Franklin County Tech School

A Connection Point segment on the Machine Tech Program at FCTS.

New machine lab will help students compete for jobs

A Segment on Channel 22 News on the Machine Technology Program. Students at Franklin County Technical School had been using outdated equipment to learn machine technology skills for years, but not anymore.