Machine Tool

Bill Mentzer

wmentzer@k12.wv.us

Room 113

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Class Description

  • The Machine Shop is located on the first floor, just across from the main stairwell – room #113. Come check out the display case in the hallway!
  • Mr. Mentzer is the Machine Tool instructor; he worked outside of education for 30 years prior to his current position including 8 years in the USAF.
  • Come join us in the Machine shop where students learn to safely operate Metal Lathes, Milling Machines, and other metal-working equipment.
  • Students receive free training and materials to create various projects such as Machinist’s Hammers, Knurled Aluminum Handled Screwdrivers, and Miniature Air Powered Motors.
  • Students who wish to go straight to work after high school should check out the Machine Shop as well as students who want to go on to school to further their education.
  • All students will receive a custom made Marshall County Machine uniform to wear in class and keep forever!
  • Marshall County Machine is a safe and DRUG FREE environment, and all students will be subject to drug tests.
  • Machine Shop Juniors attend 2nd and 3rd period every day.
  • Machine Shop Seniors attend 5th, 6th, and 7th period every day.
  • Upon completion of the 2 year program, students receive:
  • A Completion Certificate from the school
  • A written NOCTI certification
  • OSHA 10 card
  • A Portfolio containing:
    • A custom resume
    • Letter of Introduction
    • Other certifications accomplished
  • The shop has under gone continuous upgrades and improvements to include shop wide LED lighting and numerous new modern machines.
  • There are over thirty machines in the machine shop!
  • The Machine shop has lathes, mills, grinders, saws, welders, and more!
  • Zach Tschappat, a Junior Machine Tool Council President, stated: “If you like Machine Shop in explorers take the class – don’t think twice about it!”
  • Students need to successfully complete numerous projects, pass written examinations, and participate consistently in the program.
  • Students interested in Machine Tool have to fill out an application and be interviewed by Mr. Mentzer.
  • Gage Snider commented “Take your time, learn how to do everything and don’t rush through it.”
  • Mr. Mentzer observed “This is a program for students to grow and mature and prepare to enter the workforce and obtain meaningful employment.”
  • The annual median wage for a Machinist in the United States is $49,920 not including overtime!
  • In 2016, more than 391,000 machinists were employed by the manufacturing industry in America; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow six percent from 2014 to 2024!
  • Students are encouraged to participate in additional voluntary drug testing throughout the school year. Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate documenting their drug free status – which is a great thing to present to potential employers.
  • It’s a good program for anyone interested in machine tool, mechatronics, mechanical maintenance, and other industrial fields.
  • Students learn blueprint reading, shop math, and industrial shop safety.
  • Students are taught how to use digital calipers, micrometers, depth gages, and other types of precision measuring equipment.
  • Machine Tool students should be able to accurately measure and manufacture parts and components to tolerances of 1/1000th of an inch or less.
  • Many students apply for Machine Tool, but only 18 are selected each school year. The selection criteria is based on the student’s attendance, discipline record, academic grades, and the program instructor’s interview/recommendation.