Steve Hatfield

Steve Hatfield, Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing Teacher


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Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing (CIMM)

Students work in the LEAD Center’s state-of-the-art facility with equipment that rivals any metalworking facility in Kansas City.


The Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing (CIMM) is a year-long program for juniors and seniors interested in a career in the manufacturing industry. This program is a collaborative effort between the LEAD Center and Metropolitan Community College to allow students to earn dual credit opportunities. Students will be engaged in rewarding and challenging learning opportunities through coursework involving lab applications, and real-world experiences through collaborative work with trade partners and technicians. Students will have opportunities to be placed in paid internship experiences during their high school experience and job placement opportunities upon graduation from high school.

Year 1 Content

  • Blueprint & Project Layout Instruction

  • Drill Press, Bandsaw, and Grinding Operation

  • Manual Mill Operation

  • Manual Lathe Operation

  • CNC Mill and Lathe Programming & Operation

  • Introduction to Master Cam

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances

  • Metrology

Year 2 Content

  • Advanced MasterCam

  • Advanced Grinding, Cutting, and Layout Operations

  • Advanced Mill and Lathe Operations

  • Metallurgy

  • Work towards completion of Associate’s Degree in CIMM

  • Dual credit courses through MCC - Students will have choices in course selection

  • After-Graduation Transition Programming

  • Practicum Internship Experience (2nd Semester)

Credit Opportunities

  • Year 1

    • Potentially 28-30 hours of college credit

    • 3.0 - HS practical art or elective

    • 1.0 - HS Technical English

    • 1.0 - HS Technical Math

  • Year 2

    • Potentially 28-30 hours of college credit - Could earn Associate’s degree at MCC

    • 3.0 - HS practical art or elective

    • 1.0 - HS Technical English

    • 1.0 - HS Technical Math


  • Capstone Internship Experience (2nd Semester of Year 2)

    • Paid work experience during the school year.

    • Placement is coordinated between students, LEAD Center staff, and trade partners.

    • On-site interviews and career portfolio development.

    • Weekly meetings at LEAD Center for preparation of transition from high school to workforce

  • Practicum Summer Internship available for the bridge between Junior and Senior year

Industry Credentials upon completion of the program

  • OSHA 7100

  • Mill Certificate 

  • Lathe Certificate 

  • National Institute of Metalworking Skills Certificates (NIMS)

After Graduation 

  • Job Interviews with prospective employers in March & April before you graduate. 

  • Support for the onboarding process with career placement.

  • Transition support from high school to the workforce is embedded into Year 2 internship experience.

Students using machining equipment

Students using machining equipment

Machining lab