Precision Machining

Precision Machining is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School and Applied Technology Center. Students who complete Precision Machining are considered CTE Participants by the NH Department of Education; those who go on to complete Advanced Precision Machining I are considered Concentrators. Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams.
In addition to the CTE pathway courses, the department offers two electives available to Milford students only: a Basic Welding elective, and a Work Based Learning course with manufacturing externships.
Instructor, Peter Burgher:Mr. Burgher in machine shop
Mr. Burgher has been at MHS for three years, but brings over 30 years of experience in Machining, Fabrication, and Manufacturing Engineering. He's been an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College and Nashua Community College for over 10 years, as well. He holds an Associate's degree in Machine Tool Technology from NCC and a Bachelor's in Industrial Technology Manufacturing from Keene State College. He loves machining and welding and the fabrication of all manner of parts and assemblies. Mr. Burgher is also a private airplane pilot, with experience repairing, restoring, and building airplanes!
  • Precision Machining: Students enrolled in this first pathway class in the Precision Machining program will learn basic blueprint reading and measuring techniques. They will be introduced to basic hand tools and a variety of machines used in modern manufacturing. The safe and proper way to employ all tools and machines is stressed daily in this course.
    Prerequisite: One credit in mathematics with a grade of C or better
  • Advanced Precision Machining I: Students in Advanced Precision Machining I review many of the same skills learned in the first course, but applied to more complex and challenging operations. Material properties and machine speeds and feeds will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to Numeric Control and Computer Numeric Control (NC/CNC) programming. 
    Running Start college credit is available through Manchester Community College
    Prerequisite: Completion of Precision Machining with a grade of C or better
  • Advanced Precision Machining II: This is an introductory college level course in machine tool processes and theory. This course provides more in-depth instruction and practice on all of the basic machine tools used in modern manufacturing. Set up for CNC programming operations will be introduced. The LEAN concepts that drive the modern advanced manufacturing environment will also be stressed. 
    Running Start college credit may be available through Nashua Community College - Juniors or Seniors who complete the 3 class sequence are eligible to apply for six credits for MTTN111.
    Prerequisite: Advanced Precision Machining I with a grade of C or better
  • Manufacturing Exploration & Externship: This class is both in and out of school each week; students will rotate between two manufacturing companies as they learn about and apply manufacturing acumen in a real-world environment. Students will be hired as employees earning $12.00 hourly. Students will explore the manufacturing process as it relates to engineering. The work each week will help students identify career pathway requirements and schooling requirements, and help students make sound career decisions. These decisions will be based on work in class as well as their real-world experiences. In class we will address current managerial philosophies and effects at every phase of manufacturing. This information will be synthesized and applied to a manufacturing model, which will give students an opportunity to test their theories on managing a manufacturing facility with limited resources. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on effective workplace skills including teamwork, integrity, and dependability. At the end of the course, students can be offered full or part time employment at one of the partnering facilities based on performance. 
    Expectation: Students must have reliable transportation and be on track to graduate. Students should have an excellent discipline and attendance record. Complex Thinker
  • Basic Welding: Students in this elective non-pathway class are exposed to the broad spectrum of welding operations that are currently employed in the industrial trades. Adherence to strict safety protocols is required at all times. Stick, electrode, and wire feed welding will be done in all positions as required by the American Welding Society standards.
    Prerequisite: Completion of Precision Machining with a grade of C or better