Manufacturing is not dead! Precision Machining graduates of SUN Tech have an excellent history of job placement. Entry level salaries range from $10 to $14 plus per hour, with skilled toolmakers earning $18+ per hour. Local businesses contact the school each year to hire students through the Co-Op program (SUN Tech’s School to Careers Cooperative Education Program). Precision Machining students enjoy one of the highest Co-op placement rates school wide. Employment opportunities in this field are at levels not seen in 50 years. There are currently 30,000 job openings in the U.S. in machining. Nationally, the average age of a machinist is 55.