Cory is an advanced CNC machinist at Jasper Engines and Transmissions in Jasper, Indiana. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and describes how the machines use coordinate programming and mapping to guide equipment like mills, routers, or lathes.

Machinists like Cory use math and computer skills to program machines to create objects out of a block of metal, plastic, wood, or other material. What Cory loves most about his job is taking raw materials and turning them into something useful. To create new parts, CNC machinists have to take technical drawings and convert them into a series of instructions for the milling machine. Cory programs the CNC machine to precisely carve the raw metal into parts for engines and transmissions.

To learn more about Cory and his career path, explore his profile page.


Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students

These standards-aligned activities provide students with opportunities to practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a career similar to Cory’s role as a CNC machinist. Each activity guide provides educators with both leader notes and student handouts, as well as detailed materials lists and timing guides. Click on the activities below to learn more!


Grades 3-5

Machining With Friends

Create a list of Instructions to direct your partner to build a figure.

Grades 6-8

Get Coordinated!

Use coordinate planes, points, and equations of lines to draw an image.

Grades 9-12

Drawing in Detail

Create blueprints to describe structures using geometry and tolerances.

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