About the Class

Almost everything you own was made by machinists or with tools made by machinists. Students plan and make precision finished parts from raw material using lathes, mills, and CNC (computer numerical control) machines.

In this class you will have the opportunity to learn basic precision machining and CNC skills. Even more important, you will practice the kind of problem solving skills that enhance your performance in every area of life.

This is a nationally known and recognized class. In many years, the High School Washington State Precision Machining Gold Medalist is a student from this class. Sno-Isle TECH Precision Machining students have won National Bronze Precision Machining Medals in two different years, and we are working toward winning the National Gold this year!

This can be the beginning of a great career or a vital stepping-stone toward many college degree careers. For example, the best and highest-paid engineers have machining skills. Be a winner with good marketable skills! Thank you for your interest; I look forward to meeting you during our interview days next March!

precision machining students
precision machining students

Meet the instructor

My name is Daniel Cardiff and I am the Instructor of the Precision Machining program here at Sno Isle TECH. I was born and raised in Washington State and have been in the Aerospace manufacturing industry since 1995. When I am not teaching future machinists I like to spend time with my wife and five children. I have a diverse machining and manufacturing background working with all types of materials and part variants. Machining is an ever evolving, global industry. The Aerospace machining industry is the backbone of Pacific Northwest manufacturing with Boeing in our back yard. It presents fantastic opportunities for a rewarding career. I am very excited share my experiences and teach the much needed skills for this exciting industry to the future work force.

Students who take this class have the opportunity to learn an introductory level of precision machining. They work with specialized equipment in a machine shop environment to learn the fundamentals of metal cutting, starting with manual machining and working their way up to programming CNC machines. Students have the opportunity to attend career-related conferences and field trips, compete with peers in Skills USA regional, state, and national tournaments, meet with industry professionals for employment, mentoring, continuing education, and references. College credit is available to successful students who meet the current criteria set forth by our articulation agreement with EVCC. AJAC collaboration also allows students the opportunity to attend the class, work, and belong to a modern day apprenticeship program.

If this sounds interesting, take a moment to look at the Precision Machining program site, watch the video and check out the pictures of our class in action. Thank you for your interest; I look forward to meeting you at Open House in February or during our student interviews in the spring.