Welcome to the Machine Shop Page. At Van Nuys High School we
have a double period after lunch class that gives students and extended period of time to
learn the various skills need for machining. We also send our students out once a
week to a mentor site to learn how a real shop works. About half the students will
leave after lunch instead of come to class and do some job shadowing at the local shop.
Teo is machining a hammer handle on a lathe. He must pay careful attention
to his work so that he gets accurate result, stays safe and does not damage the machine.
One day a week he will go to a local community machine shop and work with them or
job shadow them.
Machine academy students talk about how to lay out a part that they are working on.
Proper layout and thought to order of operation is an important skill for
machinist. It is easy to "paint yourself into a corner" if you don't watch
click here to see our class projects
Machine Tool Academy 2 by 2 program with S. F. Valley College
The Van Nuys High School
Machine Tool Academy is a school within a school that has a cluster of teachers working
together to develop a career path that looks at the machinist trade, engineering,
manufacturing as well as inspection and other related fields. The students enter the
academy in the 11th grade and begin their special program which includes Jr.
college classes after school, field trips to industry, outside speakers and a rigorous
curriculum that seeks to integrate the students subjects more than in a regular program.
- Community support: Probably one of the strongest aspects of the Machine Tool Academy
Program is the community support. 25 local machinist businesses have volunteered to be
mentors one day a week for our students. Students leave early at lunchtime and spend two
or three hours working each week at the mentors site. The mentor is supposed to
expose the student to the whole range of opportunities that there are in this field.
- Integrated Program with Jr. College - By the time the academy student has graduated they
will have completed 2-4 Jr. College classes that were offered at the high school or at
times at the college when students could attend. The local Jr. College ahs formed a 2X2
program with our high school. We do the first two years and the Jr. College does the
second two. We are trying to grease a smooth pathway for students interested in this
- Career Paths - Part of these 2X2 plans is the acknowledgement that a student may not end
up doing what planned at some point in their life. Some students will rise up and others
will fall. We wish to show students the whole set of careers associated with a particular