Located at the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center in Brenham, the Blinn College District’s Manufacturing Technician Program trains students for high-demand careers in machining technology. Through this program, students learn to set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. To prepare graduates for the jobs of tomorrow, all Blinn manufacturing technician students are trained on computer numerical control (CNC) lathes, which rapidly are replacing older production lathes due to their ease of setting, operation, repeatability, and accuracy. The program also includes instruction in industrial safety, precision measurement, and production quality. Additionally, Blinn’s Hodde Center has strong relationships with local businesses, helping many students to identify job opportunities prior to graduation.