Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Making the World Run

Are you interested in how things work and working with your hands and mind? In Manufacturing, think critically and then apply your knowledge to the real world. Learn how to fabricate, modify, repair, or maintain mechanical instruments, tools, and industrial machines while applying knowledge in mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, and more.

Discover options for apprenticeships during or after high school, and find out which field you want to pursue—from welding to engineering, you can make the world run better and smarter.

In the first year you’ll learn basic manufacturing skills that apply to industries across all Washington industrial sectors. This includes use and safety of shop equipment, precision measuring, material science, print reading, and extensive record keeping.

Year two focuses on local area industries in advanced manufacturing, leading students to participate in WA State-approved apprenticeships while enrolled in high school. Our apprentice opportunities are growing, and we’re partnering with local businesses so that students like you will have options to go from high school right into a manufacturing career.

Career options & salary range

Machinist, welder, engineer (mechanical, civil, electrical, aerospace), and many more. With a certificate, machinists, welders, and sheet metal workers can earn around $50,000 or more a year, while engineers with the highest level of training can earn $120,000 or more.

Skills learned

  • Set up and operate machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments
  • Learn how to fabricate, modify, repair, or maintain mechanical instruments, tools, and industrial machines
  • Apply knowledge in mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining
Grade
11

You will start this program in 11th grade. See your counselor for more details.

Your Contact

Program of Study Lead

Tim Sorenson

Machining Instructor

(509) 972-5900

sorensont@wvsd208.org

  • Pathways

  • Directly into the workforce

    Welder, machinist, assembler, steel worker, computer controlled operator, CNC operator

  • Two-year options

    After high school, a two-year certificate from technical schools or community colleges prepares you for careers such as machining or welding. You can get jobs without a two-year degree, but not without skillsets. Manufacturing prioritizes skills garnered over degrees. If you attend a reputable program like West Valley while in HS, a two-year degree is not always needed. If you’re not assessing well in West Valley, you should continue on.

  • Four-year options

    You can earn a four-year engineering degree. Become a mechanical, aerospace, civil, electrical, or maritime engineer, plus many more.

Program requirements
Machining 101 1.5
Machining 102 1.5
Machining 201* 1.5
Machining 202* 1.5
Machining Apprenticeship 201-202 * 3.0
6.0 credit(s)
*Senior Year: Students may take Machining 201 & 202 OR you have have an apprenticeship opportunity
Optional coursework
Welding 101 0.5
Welding 201 0.5
1.0 credit(s)

College credit earned

  • After successful completion of the apprenticeship class with a B grade or better, students will receive 15 total college credits from YVC for their APM 101, AMP 102 & AMP 103 courses
  • YVC APM 101: Precision Machining 101
  • YVC AMP 102: Precision Machining 102
  • YVC AMP 103: Engineering Drawings

Certifications & training

  • First Aid/CPR
  • OSHA Certification
  • Welding – American Welding Society Certification
  • Machining 101/102– CorePlus Certificate of Completion
  • Machining Apprenticeship 201 & 202 – AJAC 2,000 hrs Journeyman Certification

Courses

Machining 101 & 102: ‐ 3 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ Two semesters: Satisfies Math, Science, and English

Prerequisite ‐ B grade or higher to earn CorePlus Certificate. Students will sign up and then go through an application process before being officially admitted to the courses.

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

This is a 2-semester, 3-hour block course. Each semester is worth 1.5 credits. You'll have the opportunity to learn Aerospace Manufacturing through the CorePlus Curriculum. You will work through machining techniques on industrial mills and lathes. A large emphasis will be placed on precision measurement and material science. Special attention will be given to employable skills. After completing this class with a B grade or better, you'll earn a CorePlus Certificate of completion. Students applying for a job opening at the Boeing Corporation who have attached this certificate to their application are guaranteed a job interview for that position.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate basic safety for each piece of shop equipment
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of a variety of precision measurement tools
  • Be able to explain why the materials they use act differently through the use of material science
  • Explain what SOP’s are and why they are critical in manufacturing
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for aerospace riveting
  • Read and interpret blueprints
  • Properly setup and use manual lathes
  • Properly setup and run manual milling machine
  • Use math calculations to figure feeds and speeds of cutting tools
  • Use lean manufacturing techniques
  • Obtain their OSHA 10 card
  • Complete a series project that utilizes the above skills

Machining 201 & 202 ‐ 3 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ Two semesters: Satisfies Math, English, and Science

Prerequisite ‐ Machining 101 & 102 and a student must be currently hired in a machining position OR have instructor approval.

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

This class is taken by seniors who wish to continue in the Machining program but are not in the AJAC Apprenticeship. This class is available with Mr. Sorenson’s recommendation.

Student Learning Objectives

  • More information soon!

Machining Apprenticeship 201-202 ‐ 3 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ Two semesters: Satisifes Math, Science, and English

Prerequisite ‐ Machining 101 and 102 your junior year with a C or better and must also be hired by a Partnership company

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Students in this class will be working half days 4 days or (20) hours a week. You'll receive classroom instruction one day each week. Students will receive a Math, Science and English credit while working.

Student Learning Objectives

  • More information coming soon!

Welding 101 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ You are required to purchase coveralls

Course Overview

Welding 101 is a one-semester exploratory course in welding. Get trained in safety practices and the basic techniques of SMAW, GMAW and OFW. You will also be trained in the proper use of hand and power tools used in a welding shop. After completing Welding 101 with a C grade or higher, you can sign up for Welding 102.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate basic safety for each piece of shop equipment
  • Identify different types and purposes of metal
  • Demonstrate basic skills in metallurgy
  • Skillfully complete a variety of OFC and PAC cutting projects
  • Practice basic skills in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW
  • Properly set up, maintain, and use OFC, PAC, SMAW, GMAW equipment
  • Use a variety of measuring tools
  • Read and interpret blue prints and welding symbols
  • Complete a series project that utilizes the above skills
  • Pass an AWS Certified Welding Test

Welding 102 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ C grade or higher in Welding 101

Fees and Costs ‐ You are required to purchase coveralls

Course Overview

SENSE Students may earn up to four SENSE Level 1 - Entry Level Certifications (SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW). These certifications are granted once the required modules and the desired welding process module are completed. The SENSE program consist of nine modules. You must complete modules 1, 2, 3, 8, & 9. Then, after you successfully complete any of the four welding modules, you will earn an AWS welding certificate for that welding process with a total of four certificates available. Once enrolled, you'll have up to three years to complete the program. You'll need to maintain a C grade or better to continue taking Welding 102.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate basic safety for each piece of shop equipment
  • Identify different types and purposes of metal
  • Demonstrate basic skills in metallurgy
  • Skillfully complete a variety of OFC and PAC cutting projects
  • Practice basic skills in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW
  • Properly setup, maintain, and use OFC, PAC, SMAW, GMAW equipment
  • Use a variety of measuring tools
  • Read and interpret blue prints and welding symbols
  • Complete a series project that utilizes the above skills
  • Pass an AWS Certified Welding Test