About the Class

Almost everything you own was made by machinists or with tools made by machinists. Precision machining 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!

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to watch my classroom video profile (below) and check out some of the pictures of me and my students working (further below). You can also find videos of Sno-Isle students on YouTube.com by searching Sno-isle Machining.

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

Hello, my name is Darin Chase and I am the teacher for the Precision Machining Program at Sno-Isle TECH. I am also an alumni of this program, having taken the Precision Machining class in the mid 1980’s. Since I first stepped into a machine shop as a kid, I have always been fascinated with machining and have worked my whole life progressing through all aspects of machining and manufacturing. I worked for Universal Aerospace for 18 years, and moved on from there to Honeycutt Manufacturing and Stoddard International over the past four years.  I began to realize that I found more enjoyment in helping others to learn and solve challenging projects than if I had done them myself, so I started teaching Precision Machining classes in 2010. I taught at EvCC and for the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) for the past 7 years.  I am excited to share my experiences and knowledge I have gained throughout my career, with my students here at Sno-Isle TECH.