With Mr.Burkhart


    Precision Machinists are highly skilled workers who provide tools, molds, and special guiding and holding devices that are used to mass-produce a variety of metal and plastic parts. Machinists set up and operate all types of basic and advanced machine tools using precision measuring instruments. Machinists also create parts from hand held size to needing a semi to move. From as simple as a bolt to as complicated to a locomotive engine block. Through our program, students gain a basic understanding of machine tools, measuring instruments, metals and blueprint reading to prepare them for entry level positions in manufacturing.


    Machinist- N. Person who operates a machine, specifically machine tools.

    Machine Tools. N. Machines used for shaping or machining metal or other rigid materials using cutting tools.


    Machine work includes: lathe, milling machine, heat-treating, bench work, drill press, grinder, and band saw. In addition, the student is exposed to a Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling machine and a computerized turning center. This enables the student to learn current technology as it relates to computer-controlled machinery. Students who meet certain criteria are eligible to take  NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) certification tests.

     Skills Taught:  Lathe
    • Orientation & safety
    • Bench work and Layout
    • Drill Press
    • Engine lathe
    • Operation and Programming of CNC Milling Machines
    • Operation and Programming of CNC Turning Center
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Surface grinder
    • Band saw
    • Shop math
    • Hardness testing
    • Vertical Milling Machine
    • Inspection Processes

    Related Careers:

    • Milling Machine Set-up & Operator
    • Surface Grinder Operator
    • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Operator
    • Horizontal Boring Mill Set-up & Operator
    • All Around Machinist
    • Engine Lathe Set-up & Operator
    • Drill Press Set-up & Operator
    • Machinist are highly valued in many other areas due to exceptional problem solving skills.


    What do I need to be a successful student in this class?

    • Being present in class physically and mentally
    • A willingness to work and understanding instructions
    • A safety minded attitude and mental alertness
    • Some elbow grease with good eye-hand coordination

    Blueprint reading, math, and machine theory can be learned if you show up with those things.




    Any questions, concerns or comments feel free to contact at, kburkhart@vtc1.org or 814-493-6576 and I will get back to you as soon as possible.




Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Burkhart

Mr. Burkhart is from the area, an alumni of Cranberry Jr./Sr. High School. He attended New Castle School of Trades and obtained an Associates in Specialized Technology for Machine Technology. Mr. Burkhart has experience in local industry as a Tool Grinder, Inspector, Vertical and Horizontal CNC Mill Machinist, and Tool and Die machinist.

Mr. Burkhart also serves the community as a member at a local VFD and holds an EMT cert.


Mr. Burkhart enjoys spending time in the great out doors camping, kayaking, working around the farm, hunting and fishing.


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