Precision CNC Machining

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Explore a world where imagination, automation, and manufacturing meet to form the exciting field of precision machining. Join this innovative, high-tech career and secure your future in a high-demand/high wage profession. Feel the satisfaction of making your own components from concept to completion using state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) production technology and equipment. Whether machining components for the aerospace, automotive or medical industries, you will enjoy this profession.

As a Precision Machining Technology student, you will receive a laptop computer on loan for the duration of the time you spend in the program. The laptop will enable you to use CAM software to create 2D and 3D models which are then machined in the fully automated CNC vertical machining center. In addition, you will use Tooling-U, an online virtual resource, to compliment this exciting curriculum.

During this two-year program, you can earn nationally recognized certification from the National Institute of Metal Forming Skills (NIMS). During the second year, you may be placed in a part-time position at a member company; hours worked may apply toward an apprenticeship. This program is a practical step in acquiring a two- or four-year technical degree.


High School Credit Junior Year
Precision CNC Machining: 2.5, Technology: .5, Algebra II: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit
Cuyahoga Community Colleg

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Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 115.00

Senior: $  40.00

Precision CNC Machining 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Mr. Tim Andrews, Swagelok
Mr. Mike Becker, Custom Speed Parts
Mr. Dave Bredenbeck, Cuyahoga Community College
Mr. Frank Chesek, Exact Tool & Die Inc.
Mr. Thomas Coyne, Cuyahoga Community College
Mr. Donald Daniel, Swagelok
Mr. Ron Gunter, Exact Tool & Die Inc.
Mr. Fritz Hoffmann, Jr., Lunar Tool and Mold
Ms. Toni Neary, ToolingU-SME
Mr. Greg Pratt, Ornamental Products Tool & Supply
Mr. Jason Wolf, Cleveland State University

Precision CNC Machining - Sambunjak

Teacher: Tony Sambunjak

Industrial Arts/PMT, Kent State University
Journeyman Tool & Die, U.S. Department of Labor/Polaris
Machine Trades I/II, Normandy High School
Certifications: NIMS Level I; Registered Tool & Die Maker Journeyman from the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Bureau; MasterCam Certified Instructor
Years at Polaris: 17
Industry Experience: Over 20 years of industry experience as Tool & Die, Mold Maker and CNC programmer/operator at Lunar Tool and Mold and Independent Die and Mfg. Currently serving as part time industry CNC machining consultant and on-site training.
Interests/Hobbies: As a lifelong career person in the machining field, interests include proto-typing products to make them better or creating new products. Also interested in outdoor sports: fishing, camping, and mountain biking


  • Metallurgy and heat treating
  • Precision measurement
  • CNC programming basics
  • Proper use of hand tools
  • Layout of material
  • Safe use of lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and grinders
  • Safe work habits and practices


  • Precision inspection equipment
  • Metalworking hand tools
  • Precision tool room equipment
  • Computer aided machining software
  • CNC vertical machining centers

Career Options

  • Precision machine apprentice
  • Tool and die apprentice
  • Mold maker apprentice
  • Machine operator
  • CNC operator
  • CNC programmer
  • Machine or tool room supplies salesperson

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Tool designer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Journeyman mold maker
  • Journeyman die maker
  • Business owner in the machining industry
  • Tool room supervisor