Bayside HS Machining lab provides students with new opportunities


Machining Technology students and staff recently celebrated the grand opening of their renovated 4,000 square foot Machining Technology Lab at Bayside High in Palm Bay. In attendance at the Ribbon Cutting event on September 7th were State Senator Debbie Mayfield, Palm Bay Mayor Capote, School Board members and Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Career & Technical Education staff, Advisory Team members, and students.

The space houses four large machines in the production lab, two computer-controlled lathes and two milling machines. The school also is home to a welding lab, four 3D printers and a 72” smart board.

Dennis Soboleski, Career and Technical Education resource teacher, said: “Until now, students only had limited access to a professional production area. Students were able to design, model and simulate machining, but had no consistent opportunities for hands-on experiences. This space will allow machining students to receive firsthand training.”

The only program of its kind in Brevard County, the Machining Technology program covers a broad series of topics in advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on fundamentals and advanced machining knowledge, skills and techniques. Welding and soldering manufacturing techniques and skill development are also being built into the program.

The program offers two industry certifications:
·         Certified Solid Works Associate—Students earning this certification are awarded three postsecondary credits in the engineering technology program at any state college in Florida.
·         Certified Production Technician—Students earning this certification are awarded 15 postsecondary credits, which is equivalent to one semester.

Machining Technology is a Career and Technical Education program of choice. It is located at Bayside High, but any high school student can apply to participate in the course of study.