Graduates from the Precision Machining Program are welcomed by local manufacturers. In fact, many of them have worked with the college to create curricula that best prepare students for a career in the field.

Precision Machining Certificate Program

Program Description

Manufacturers are looking for dedicated, skilled employees with the ability and preparation to succeed in this field. In this 600-hour Precision Machining Certificate Program, students receive a thorough preparation for a career in manufacturing. Classes are held in the classroom and in the college machine shop. Internship opportunities may be arranged for qualified students.

The Precision Machining Certificate Program is divided into two parts. While completion of Part A is a prerequisite for entry into Part B, students who have significant knowledge and work experience may be able to test out of certain courses.

In Part A, students learn the basics of machining and begin to operate manual machines. In Part B the student will progress to more advanced classes and be introduced to CNC operations and program interpretation. Students who successfully complete the full program are eligible to receive up to 12 college credits in addition to a Precision Machining Certificate.


Part A (Conventional)

Computer Applications 15 Hours $150
Workplace Communication 15 Hours $150
Safety in the Work Environment 15 Hours $150
Manufacturing Math for Machinists I 30 Hours $300
Measurement for Manufacturing I 30 Hours $300
Blueprint Reading I 45 Hours $450
Introduction to Lean Manufacturing 45 Hours $450
CNC Concepts 15 Hours $150
Manufacturing Machining I 90 Hours $900
  300 Hours $3000

Part B (CNC)

Manufacturing Math for Machinists II 45 Hours $450
Measurement for Manufacturing II 30 Hours $300
GD&T 45 Hours $450
Introduction to Manufacturing Quality Control 15 Hours $150
CNC 3 and 4 Axis Mill 30 Hours $300
Manufacturing Machining II 135 Hours $1350
  300 Hours $3,000


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in computer applications for workplace communication
  • Function safely in a manufacturing environment governed by OSHA regulations
  • Utilize math applications as they apply to manufacturing including dimensional analysis, the application of angular arithmetic and the Law of Sines and Cosines
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret blueprints controlled by GD&T standards (ANSI/ASME Y 14.5) often utilized for machining and assembly purposes
  • Utilize a broad range of inspection tools to ensure that parts meet design specifications
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Lean manufacturing as well as the basic tools utilized in team problem solving environments
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the correct use of tools, methods and procedures for machine shop bench work with an emphasis on measurement systems
  • Demonstrate basic, conventional, machine skills such as tramming the mill head, compensating for backlash, squaring a block and preparation of the equipment for production
  • Utilize Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to produce parts to blue print specifications
  • Interpret and adjust CNC programs for common manufacturing process variables such as: tool offsets, cutter compensation, material hardness, and equipment wear
  • Identify and utilize home zero (machine and part) data
  • Utilize statistical process control concepts to identify and resolve process control issues often found in a manufacturing environment.

Last Update: June 03 2014
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