Precision Machining Technology

Last Updated: 2/17/2022 4:11 PM



Objective of Field

Precision Machining Technology is designed to provide each student with the latest technological skills needed for entry in the metalworking occupations. Students have the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art equipment, such as Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC), Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), and Smart Scope.

Job Duties

Students have the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art equipment, such as the Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine, EDM, Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), and Smart Scope. They also gain experience with the hands-on operation of standard machine tools used in the industry such as:

  • Drill presses
  • Metal saws
  • Lathes
  • Milling machines
  • Surface grinders
  • CAM Software

Related theory acquaints students with metal cutting applications, material properties, layout work, and construction and assembly of machinery.


Planned Courses

  • Orientation to Machine Shop
  • Power Saw Operations
  • Precision Measurement
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Performing Bench Work
  • Drill Press Operations
  • Machine Shop Mathematics
  • Application of Technical Information
  • Lathe Operations
  • Milling Machines Operations
  • Precision Grinding
  • HAAS Control Panel
  • Smart Scope
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Lathe
  • Master CAM Basics
  • CMM Coordinate Measuring Machines


Certification Tests

  • NIMS Level 1 & Level 2
  • OSHA 10 Hour
  • Fork Lift
  • First Aid
  • CPR

Employment/Job Outlook

Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

Employment of machinists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite improvements in technologies such as CNC machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these automated systems.

In addition, employers are expected to continue needing machinists who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing modern production techniques and almost any task in a machine shop. As manufacturers will continue to rely heavily on skilled machinists as they invest in new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement product design changes more rapidly.

Employment of tool and die makers is projected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. Foreign competition in manufacturing and advances in automation, including CNC machine tools and computer-aided design, should improve worker productivity, requiring fewer workers.

Entry Level

2-Year Associates Degree

4-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Machine Operator
Tool and Die Maker
Precision Surface Grinder
EDM Operator
CAD/CAM Programmer
CNC Operator

Manufacturing Technology
Avionics Technician

Electrical Engineer
Optical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Robotics Engineer
Plastics Engineer


How to find out more


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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Physical Stamina/Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Discrimination by size/shape
  • Discrimination by touch
  • Structural mechanical visualization/reasoning
  • Retention of mechanical and structural detail
  • Follow safety precautions
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent eye-hand coordination
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Tolerate noise and enclosed conditions
  • Algebra and Trigonometry fundamentals
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity