Cale Polkinghorne

Associate Professor

Biographical Profile:

Dr. Cale Polkinghorne is in the areas of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Manufacturing, Machining, and Industrial Technology Education. Cale holds a bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree in Industrial Technology Education, a master’s (M.A.E.) degree in Education Administration, an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education Leadership.  He holds a Michigan professional teaching certificate and several vocational certifications including machine tool operation, aviation power plant technology, and aviation transportation. Cale is also Michigan State certified to be a K-12 Principal and Superintendent.  His past work experience includes being an aviation machinist in the U.S. Coast Guard and a teacher at Marquette Senior High School.

Courses Taught:

MF 133: Machinery’s Handbook

MF 134: Manufacturing Processes

MF 233: Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

MF 236: Machine Tool Maintenance

MF 249: Advanced Machining Operations

MF 263: Advanced CNC Operations

IT 180: Intro to Fluid Power

IT 215: General Industrial Safety

TE 350: Methods and Materials, Industrial Technology Secondary Education

ED 440: Student Teaching Supervision


  • Ed.D., Central Michigan University
  • Ed.S., Northern Michigan Univerisity
  • M.A.E., Northern Michigan University
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University
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